Alton Water Sports Centre
Your first defense to capsizing should be a good high and 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 and caves without being fearful of capsizing. And this will extend your paddling and add so much more to your paddling experiences.
We teach a full 360-degree' sweep roll' using a simple yet effective three-stage process;
At each stage we highlight the 'key learning points' which are the areas where rolls fail and with each your coach provides a fix. This enables students to self assess their roll when training, identify where their roll has failed and apply the fix. The rest is then down to practicing in flat, shallow water and developing to deep flat water and 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 and we can provide a touring kayak for your session but it is recommended that you learn in your own boat and gear if you have one. The programme is limited to 2 hours on the water with approximately one hour for introduction, bank coaching and debrief. 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 and troubleshoot any difficulties you may be having, apply the fix and continue practicing until your roll is 'bomb-proof.'
There are two sessions the first beginning at 10am-1pm and 2pm to 5pm.
Weather Remit: A wind of a maximum of 15 knots steady blow and this includes wind gusts. The course will be rescheduled if the wind exceeds this limit and there is further discretion on the part of the Lead Guide with all-night events. Rain, snow and other conditions don’t generally affect our ability on the water. Exceptions are sometimes made and this is at the discretion of your Coach and/or the Operations Director. Your Coach will make a decision based on the wind speed (including wind gusts) in combination with tide strength and direction, time of day or night and size of group alongside other factors that may influence the safety and comfort of the entire group. NSK wants to get your event completed as soon as possible; please trust the judgement of your coach/Guide.
Trained or untrained - which are you?
Sixteen years of age and over.
|Launch location||Stutton, Suffolk|
Kayakers - Final times will be confirmed a week prior to the trip based on the tides at the launch site. See Guide Notes tab for final confirmed launch time.
Hikers - Departure time is as stated.
|Equipment||Use your own kayak, paddle & buoyancy aid. Mask & nose pinch provided unless you use your own.|
|Parking||Free on site.|
|Additional Notes||A touring boat (decked) can be provided but we recommend you learn to roll your own kayak as this is the boat you will eventually capsize in and have to roll. Please contact us to discuss on 01473 - 375 026 should you wish to discuss. A 'Course Details' email will be sent to all students prior to your course providing all the important details for your course i.e. confirmation of venue, launch time, weather information, clothing et cetera. Please read through this thoroughly.|
*NOTES FROM YOUR COACH*
These courses remain scheduled to go ahead after the 4th July 2020 onwards pending the current restrictions being lifted. Any changes and students will be informed directly.
We recommend you use your own kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid for this training session. A face mask and or nose pinch is recommended and we can provide this for you. Please dress warmly (including your head) and ensure you have plenty of snacks and drinks.
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Kurt’s patience and coaching wisdom give great confidence, my general goofiness and maybe the terrible weather meant that I was very near to a successful roll when I ran out of time and stamina, but I’ll be back. It was a really good morning in proper cold wild conditions- pretty much the real thing, not a nice cosy swimming pool. Thank you, Kurt, I’m sure I will roll next time with more fitness, better cockpit fit and some grit! Do it - you won’t regret it!!
Thank you for your kind review. It was a great morning and your unwavering good humour was a welcome addition to counteract the cold weather and water into which you were being immersed!
Keep practicing, stretch lots and we would love to see you again to help support you in perfecting that roll.
Enjoy the water and we hope to welcome you back to NOMAD Sea Kayaking in the future.
Great afternoon. Thanks Kurt and Becky
As a paddler returning to the sport after a long break I wanted a chance to spend some time with a knowledgable coach & see if I could remember the basics in a safe environment. Had a great few hours down at Felixstowe ferry on a lovely morning & as it quickly became evident my choice of Nomad was spot on. Kurt ably backed up by the lovely Becky were engaging with the rare ability to mix great coaching with humour and conversation. Didn't quite progress to the full roll (mainly down to my rustiness) but very close & am sure with the great pointers Kurt gave I will get it cracked. So if you are looking for some great coaching with a professional set up look no further and make that booking, I will certainly be returning.