We teach some folks in the early spring at times and could really use a suit or two. I have experience doing some repairs and can mend it to make it workable. I'll gladly come and pick it up tomorrow, the next day, whenever really and even pitch a few dollars your way if you see it fit.
A lot of what affects your decision is the time of the year. When you say summer, do you northern/southern hemisphere?
There are plenty of places that offer all inclusive packages, more now than I remember since around 2000. Throw a few more details in there and I'd be happy to help to the best of my knowledge (I lived out of truck for 3 years and traveled).
I think one of the main reasons folks do not seek out coaching is a fear of vulnerability. Seriously.
When we seek out instruction we are openly admitting that we do not know something. If a coaching culture is not what you were brought up in, then it's hard to break through the facade that coaching is only for elite level athletes or for those seeking gain. I still to this day, even as an educator myself, seek out folks who are better than me who can coach.
We are halfway through our new Whitewater Leadership video series and it's time to take your questions! Our hope has been to open a dialogue and get the juices flowing in regards to making the best river day possible through effective leadership.
Have a question? Comment below for questions to be read and answered LIVE or tune in to ask questions as Lyd and Chris lead us through a conversation on the most important skill you will ever learn on the water.
Whether it's the patience of waiting for those who are slower, nervous or just listening and taking the time to show lines through a rapid instead of blindly charging into the abyss without the thought of those that follow. To looking over your shoulder and setting safety or offering that extra Power bar to someone that is famished - being Humble is the key.
Share an eddy, scout a rapid, unclip someone else's boat at Sunshine, charge hard with those that are willing and take time with those that are learning. Boof hard and laugh!
Dagger Kayaks and H2O Dreams are proud to announce Whitewater Leadership, a new series exploring a key component to your best days on the water: great leadership. Join us to discuss everything from how to be an effective member of a group to watersheds and risk management. What’s the one quality a river leader can’t go without?
The building blocks for the best days on the river is effective leadership, whether overt or implied. The Whitewater Leadership Series is here to get your wheels turning about how we can continue to be safe, have fun, and build tomorrow’s paddlers. We can’t wait to hear from you about your own experiences!
Enjoy the preview and keep your eyes peeled for more over the next week!
I hope that the ALL-CAPS got your attention, but seriously there is a lot of great feedback in this thread that can be helpful for anyone. The problem with the feedback, and believe me it is plentiful, is that it may not be targeted specifically for you. All bodies are different when it comes to applying the proper physics for rolling and I love what Stephen said if you come across someone who emphasizes only one roll as probably not going to be able to help you.
You have sorted some of the issue in flexibility, and that undoubtedly will have an effect. Yoga and repeated range of motion exercises will continue to improve your physical ability. BUT, and this is a big BUT... the type of roll and whether it is a blend of different kinds of rolls will depend on your body (size, strength, flexibility, etc). Our big emphasis when we teach rolling is SAFE (for your body) and EFFECTIVE (meaning it works and is reliable).
We have some videos out there to discuss some of the differences, but we have progressed with our ethos even since these videos. We teach hundreds of folks every year and we recognize patterns, and even then, we get surprised from time to time.
Some things to be conscious of and stand true for any type of (hips snap) roll:
-You have two levers in the roll, your body and the paddle... when you use one more, you use less of the other in an inverse relationship. The body however doesn't have a diminishing return like the paddle does. -Every skill relies on the foundation of COMFORT, ORIENTATION, THEN the execution of the skill. If you are having problems with comfort or orientation don't expect higher order function to work for the skills. -Your strength in your roll comes down to flexibility undoubtedly, but not just the spine. I think that's a misnomer. Hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, gluts, are huge culprits in roll inflexibility and should be a starting point.
Hope this helps, and if you need a class or want to check out our videos, we love to teach and can get you on a program! www.h2odreams.com
When I was first getting started I had the fortune of being taught a bit and then kind of being set free to discover some things on my own. I certainly am grateful for some of those initial lessons though. I didn't have access however to instruction and had to self-teach. I watched pretty much anything I could get my hands on, and this all came before YouTube around 2000. All said, there are a ton of resources out there online for free. We even put some out there on our YouTube channel here --->https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcopP8zzJB3AhkVrWw4kd9w
All said, there were times in my paddling where I sought out (and still do) professional level coaching or time spent with paddlers better than me who can, and are willing, to give critical feedback. I'd say especially with the roll, hands on kinesthetic instruction from an excellent communicator will alleviate or never cause frustrations to occur to begin with.
Finally know that your pool roll will not translate to the river well if you do not introduce chaos and unpredictability into your practice. You have to simulate adversity in the pool realm to be ready for the river realm.
I like to think we put a precedent on this skill, both for you and for us in our ability to teach it. That being said, there are many great resources in many different areas and we may not be the most convenient for you from a time commitment. Again, feel free to reach out to us and I would be happy to point you to another one of our great instructor colleagues/friends closer to you. Regardless, I think it goes without saying, once a roll is achieved with consistency your willingness to try new things comes along with it.
Check out our video series demystifying many common themes in kayak instruction to also help get you started on some of the language. I also highly recommend recording your practice so you can go back and watch what you were doing. However, there is nothing like having a GOOD instructor who understands the commitment to you that it takes to help you through your progression.