Master the Sweep Roll

Knowing how to roll isn’t a prerequisite to enjoying kayaking, but a dependable roll will transform your paddling experience. It will increase your confidence on the water immeasurably and encourage you to play with new techniques, safe in the knowledge that you can quickly recover should you capsize. A successful roll depends on good technique, not on power, so any reasonably fit paddler with the dedication and patience to practice can learn. There are many different ways to roll, but the sweep roll is one of the most basic. Here’s how to do it…


sweep roll


This technique feature originally appeared in Adventure Kayak , Early Summer 2007. To learn more self-rescue skills, download our free iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch App or Android App  or continue reading here for free.


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