Shake, paddle and roll: Kayak safety
For those of us getting into the spirit of spring, happy thoughts of outdoor recreation are running wild. Prepare yourself with some safety training on kayaking.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 16:31
Spring is here and I am anxiously awaiting water temperatures to catch up with the warm, inviting air temperatures. Any little rise in the thermometer's mercury level gets my heart racing while thoughts of days on Dow Lake run rampant through my mind. I am especially excited to get into kayaking this year, taking advantage of the Appalachian waters in Ohio and West Virginia. Though it's still too cold to get into water recreation, those of us waiting for the fish to thaw out can bide our time by getting some safety training under our belts.
Learning how to roll a kayak is an essential skill for anyone looking to start the sport — it could save your life. Those who can roll like a pro say that it's like riding a bike: once you learn, you will never forget. Many schools, including Ohio University, teach basic rolling techniques in their aquatic centers. Check out your school or local community center's calender of events to see if there is a kayaking instructional course near you.
This is a kayaking video giving a quick overview of the most basic roll: the eskimo roll. It features ACA certified whitewater kayak instructor Matt Preye, who has been kayaking for 15 years. The video was made by Christian Munoz-Donoso.
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