Learn how to roll! Yes, you can!
Rolling (commonly known as doing an eskimo roll) is an essential skill for every kayaker. It's possible to kayak for years without knowing how to roll - all you have to do is cross your fingers and pray to whichever gods take your fancy that the next wave won't flip you upside down and dump you ignobly in a seething rapid!
Having a bomb-proof roll makes your kayaking more fun, keeps you drier, makes river trips safer and impresses your friends, so there's no time like the present to learn!
We'll meet at the ESSA storeroom (13 Frere avenue, on the corner of Seymour, Parktown) in the morning, and our professional and intrepid instructor, Piers Pirow, will patiently teach you how to roll.
After the clinic, we can play water polo in the pool practising our new skills or just socialise and braai. There are also braai facilities to braai afterwards.
Bring your own kayak, beg, borrow or steal a friend's kayak or use one of ESSA's (we'll make you an offer you can't refuse - it's free! Yes, you read it right!)
What to bring: If you're coming to the clinic, bring your own kayak and wet gear (spray deck, life jacket, paddle, maybe a wetsuit if you get cold easily). Googles and a nose clip are very useful as well. If you don't have a kayak, relax! There will be three ESSA kayaks available for anyone to use free of charge.
Bring meat, drinks, and braai gear (charcoal, matches, tongs, plates, etc) if you'd like to braai afterwards. Remember to bring dry clothes and a towel.
Time: Starting time will be 13h30. Piers may possibly be there from 11h30, but please arrange it with him if you'd like to arrive earlier. If there are any experienced kayakers who are prepared to assist earlier in the day, please let us know.