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Ask the Expert: Roll-free kayaking

October 3, 2007

Q: Is it possible to go whitewater kayaking if you don't know how to do an Eskimo Roll? – Krista, Vancouver, BC

Anna:
You can whitewater kayak without the eskimo roll, but it's a lot more challenging because you have to swim out of your boat and swim all of your gear to shore every time you flip over. Learning the roll helps you to be more confident on the water and makes kayaking more fun. Pool sessions are a great way to learn how to roll, especially in the winter, and taking instruction will give you a strong skill set.