Learn to Eskimo Roll

Alton Water Sports Centre
Learning to eskimo roll a kayak with professional help from a trained coach Setting up a sea kayak for an eskimo sweep roll on waist deep water. Paddler learning to Eskimo roll their sea kayak effectively. A paddler completing an eskimo roll in a sea kayak in deep tidal water. Two sea kayaks with one showing the spare split paddles A good deep water sea kayak roll is important. A sea kayaker doing an eskimo roll in deep tidal water, building confidence

Learn to Eskimo Roll

Learn every stage of a full 360 degree ‘sweep roll’. This is a critical skill for paddling in challenging conditions. 

£134.99 p/seat

Your first defense to capsizing should be a good high & low brace support stroke but being able to Eskimo Roll a Kayak is still viewed by some as the 'Holy Grail' of kayaking. Whatever your view, it’s an essential skill that will enhance your ability to deal with more challenging conditions. It will also enable you to do more paddling over longer distances as well as explore coastal features such as rock gardens & caves without being fearful of capsizing. And this will extend your paddling & add so much more to your paddling experiences.

We teach a full 360-degree' sweep roll' using a simple yet effective three-stage process;
1. Set-Up
2. Sweep
3. Catch

At each stage, we highlight the key learning points which are the areas where rolls tend to fail & with each, your coach provides a fix. This enables students to self-assess their roll when practicing on their own, identify where their roll has failed, and apply the fix. The rest is then down to practicing in flat, shallow water & developing to deep flat water & with time and practice, deep moving water. The sweep roll can be taught on either the right or left side dependant on what best suits the student.

Whitewater paddlers are welcome & we can provide a touring kayak for your session but it is recommended that you learn in your own boat & gear if you have one. The programme is limited to two hours on the water with another hour for introduction, bank coaching, and the debrief at the end of the session. Two hours is about as much as anyone can take being inverted regularly & most will complete a basic sweep roll within an hour and a half. Seven out of ten students will achieve a full 360-degree sweep or a C2C roll.

Everyone who completes this course is entitled to a free review session which enables a coach to assess your roll & troubleshoot any difficulties you may be having, apply the fix & continue practicing until your roll is 'bomb-proof.'

There are two sessions the first beginning at 10am-1pm & the second session is from 2pm to 5pm.

Trained or untrained - which are you?  Sixteen years of age and over.

Review - G. Bartlett, 25th June 2018
I found this to be a great course. Some time invested on dry land first and then to the water, bit by bit building up to a roll. The parts of the roll I was letting myself down on were put right and by the end of the session, I was 95% there. With Kurt's encouragement and simple breakdown of the roll into its fundamental parts, I have been able to practice it and today managed 10 good rolls in a row. I just need to keep practicing which I will. Thanks, Nomad Sea Kayaking. Giles.

Please ensure that all of your guest seats are allocated - unallocated seats will not be allowed on the water (thank you). 

"Learning to roll your kayak can be a physical as well as a mentally demanding exercise so a level of fitness is helpful; defined bluntly as no belly, healthy weight, good flexibility, and decent core strength. If you don’t meet these guidelines, get working on it as the better prepared you are, the better your ability to achieve a good sweep roll that works. You will be ‘dunking’ into chilly water so don’t bother watching online videos of rolling exercises as once inverted, you won’t know front from back, left from right, and frankly, it doesn’t matter. What does matter, is being calm whilst inverted and taking your time. Sea kayaking is the ’thinking man's sport - no brawn required!"

Kurt (Coach)


Launch location

Stutton, Suffolk, IP9 2RY

Next Departure time

21st May 2021, 10:00 AM


Use your own kayak, paddle & buoyancy aid. Mask & nose pinch provided unless you use your own.


Free on site.

Additional Notes

Course Notes

We recommend you use your own kayak, paddle & buoyancy aid for this training session. A face mask or nose pinch is recommended and we can provide this for you. Please dress warmly (including your head) & ensure you have plenty of snacks and drinks. Training takes place in non-tidal freshwater, visibility may be impeded.