Kayak Rolling Class

Kayak Rolling Class

Our kayak rolling class, unlike others in our region, includes four 1.5 hour sessions which are essential to not only learn the roll but get techniques to be successful when you really need it.

You can’t learn a reliable roll in one session.  This class will build your confidence and prepare you for paddling anywhere, especially in rough water, wind and surf.

You will learn the combat roll from one of our patient expert coaches who will help with outfitting your boat for a better fit for success as well as teaching methods for building confidence for learning how to roll.

You’ll also learn or improve regular self-rescue skills in this class. Rolls don’t always work even for the best paddlers. Having a 100% solid backup plan is smart and to keep you off the news.  The cowboy and cowgirl rescues plus paddle float rescue will be covered to solidify your overall rescue and safety skills.

If you already have experience rolling and want to improve your skills and/or learn a combat roll for whitewater, tidal rapids and/or surf, we can help!

Locations: Evergreen Pool in South Seattle Fall-Spring.  And Shilshole Bay in Seattle for Summer

We have toasty cold water paddling clothing rentals for outdoor classes!

Covid-19: We follow current Covid guidance and can mask upon request in close quarters. SBP instructors are vaccinated. 

July 11-14, 7pm in Ballard

August 16-19, 10am in Ballard.


Your Instructor – Scott Dahlquist

Scott is comfortable on both kayak and SUP and has the L5 kayak certification with ACA.  A recent transplant from San Diego, Scott loves to teach navigation, kayak rolling, sea kayak surfing and exploring Puget Sound. Scott is also on the Dagger Kayaks pro team. Learn more about Scott


Core Skills You’ll Gain

  • Find out how to outfit your kayak with a snug comfortable fit which is required for a successful roll
  • Learn the building blocks of learning to roll which are essential for rolling
  • Learn how to be comfortable upside down with one of our patient expert coaches
  • Find out about different methods of rolling, there’s several methods!
  • If you’re having difficulty learning to roll or struggling do so in a specific boat, we can help!
  • If this is a refresher roll class for you or you want your off side we can get you back up to speed and rolling!
  • Experienced paddlers can learn new methods of rolling including the essential re-entry and roll method
  • Learn how to roll on both sides, which is very important in rough water
  • Find how to do the combat roll for surf, rivers, high wind and tidal rapids.

Additional Skills You’ll Learn

  • Cowboy and cowgirl self-rescues plus paddle float rescue.  Rolls can fail – having backups are essential for your safety




July 11-14, 7pm in Ballard

August 16-19, 10am in Ballard.

Private Lessons always available on your schedule, (and in winter, the pool schedule)

Outside Roll Training (May-October): Ballard Elks Lodge in Ballard

Fall-Spring Pool Schedule: At the Evergreen Pool

We don’t cancel for rain


  • Shilshole Bay:  4 – 1.5 hour sessions. Often sessions go 2hrs
  • Fall-Spring POOL: Three 2 hour classes.
  • Schedule: Contact me to schedule

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:1 / 1:2 / 1:3

After Class Extras

  • Instructor Follow-up After Class – We’ll send you a summary of skills you learned in your lesson as well as our favorite marine weather and tides apps.
  • You’ll able to join our Facebook Alumni Group to continue learning and for connecting with other paddlers.
  • SBP owner Rob Casey or your instructor is always available to help you find paddling gear, find places to paddle and help you get to your next level.
  • Get a 20% discount from Mountaineers Books for any title. Or get Rob’s book: ‘Kayaking Puget Sound.’
  • Receive a Salmon Bay Paddle sticker!



Four 1.5 hour Outdoor Sessions:

We have several cold water clothing options to keep you toasty warm!

2 Person Rate: 1,399 per person

3 Person Rate: 999 per person

1-1 Rate – Most personalized instruction: 1,999

Why so much?  You can’t learn a reliable roll in 1-2 sessions and we pay our instructors a living wage.  And still cheaper than a rescue!


  • $50 each person (4 sessions)  – Sea Kayak, PFD, paddle, pump and skirt
  • $50 each person (4 sessions) – 6/4mm seam sealed wetsuit, fleece lined booties, neoprene hood and gloves, optional helmet.
  • OK to bring your own gear which is best to learn with.

Contact Us!

Covid-19: We follow current Covid guidance and can mask upon request in close quarters. SBP instructors are vaccinated. 

Skill Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner thru Advanced

You should have taken our Kayak Level 1 and/or 2 classes or have similar skills.  You have basic swimming skills.  And be comfortable with your head underwater. You should know how to wet-exit and re-enter your kayak. You will be wearing a vest life jacket. We can supply all gear rentals which include toasty cold water paddling clothing and hoods.

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