Learn the basics of sea kayaking in the warm waters of Riverton pool in Portland, ME! This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking — or if you started sea kayaking without gaining a solid foundation of skills and knowledge
Sea Kayak Rolling Clinic at Riverton Pool
- Paddler Ages 16+
Winter Pool sessions are complete for the season! Summer Rolling Clinics can be booked here.
Please see our Summer Lessons page for additional upcoming classes, and check back in the fall for winter 23-24 pool dates!
Learn how to roll a kayak at the Riverton pool in Portland, Maine!
This course will teach you how to roll a kayak — an invaluable safety skill that’s also endlessly fun. We’ll spend most of the time in the water mastering a series of techniques that will lead to an actual attempt at the roll. If you haven’t rolled by the end of the course, you’ll leave knowing what you need to do to get there. This course, which is limited to five students, is taught by Portland Paddle’s most experienced ACA-certified instructors. You may also have an opportunity to work on other kayaking skills, such as bracing, edging and alternative self-rescues. This course is limited to students with previous experience capsizing and reentering a sea kayak.
- The dynamics of the “hip snap” that enable the roll
- Methods of rolling, with a focus on the C-to-C roll and sweep roll
- Techniques for practicing rolling with a partner and solo
- Kayak and other paddling equipment (you are also welcome to bring your own)
- ACA-certified instructor