Introduction to Rolling – Sea Kayak

Master the art of rolling a sea kayak through a two-day course that moves from indoor heated pools to natural outdoor settings. Starting with smaller kayaks and progressing to sea kayaks, you'll learn the techniques needed to roll confidently, enhancing your sea kayaking experience.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

Instructor Ratio5:1


Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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This two-day course focuses on teaching the technique and finesse required to roll a sea kayak. Starting with the basics, participants will be guided through various rolling techniques in an indoor heated pool and private lake. By using smaller kayaks initially and then moving to sea kayaks, the course ensures a gradual and comfortable progression. After mastering the skill in the pool, students will continue to practice in a colder outdoor environment, using our pond and lake.

The Objectives 

You’ll progress from the absolute basics to rolling a sea kayak confidently.

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What to Expect

You’ll start off in our heated pool using smaller kayaks as we introduce the underpinning skills of an effective kayak roll. We’ll then get you doing it in sea kayaks. Once you’ve mastered this in the pool, you’ll move onto our pond and lake to get used to the colder outdoor environment.

Experience Required

You should be confident to capsize wearing a spraydeck.

How Should I Prepare?

Rolling can be tiring, so being fit will help you get the most from the course. Flexibility is another key factor in success so increasing your flexibility and mobility well ahead of the course will help to ensure success.

What Kit Should I Bring?

Our pool is equipped with kayaks of various sizes and shapes. You may wish to bring your own wetsuit, spraydeck, paddle etc, but we provide you with all of these. You’ll find it useful to bring along a nose clip to ease the sinuses from continuous immersion.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.