Kayak Rolling Class

Covid-19 Update: SBP is open to individual and small groups for current Phase level. We’ll maintain a 6′ distance on shore and on-water, recommended mask use on shore. All gear is always cleaned. SBP instructors are 3x vaccinated. 

Kayak Rolling Class

This kayak rolling class will build your confidence and prepare you for paddling anywhere, especially in rough water 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 as well as teaching methods for building confidence for learning how to roll.

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!

You’ll also improve your 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 will be covered to solidify your overall rescue / safety skills.

Locations: Evergreen Pool in South Seattle OR Shilshole Bay in Seattle for Summer 

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


Your Instructor – Scott Dahlquist

Scott is comfortable on both kayak and SUP and has L4 kayak certifications with ACA.  A recent transplant from San Diego, Scott loves to teach navigation, kayak rolling, sea kayak surfing and exploring Puget Sound. He also teaches skiing, snow snowshoeing and mountain biking with a local outfitter. Scott is also on the Dagger Kayaks pro team.


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.  Rolls can fail, having a 100% backup is essential for your safety.



Pool Schedule: Contact us for 2022 dates.

Private Lessons always available on your schedule (and pool schedule)

Location: Evergreen Pool (directions) in Fall/Winter.  **Outside OK if you’re good with 47F water Jan-May. We have excellent cold water gear.


  • POOL: Three 2 hour classes. Rolling takes time to learn, few learn it on the first day or remember it enough to use it properly in conditions.
  • OUTDOORS: 4 – 1.5 hour sessions

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!



Three 2 hour Pool Sessions:

This class is offered in the pool until late Spring 2022. Pool costs more for rental fees.

2 Person Rate: 1,399 per person

3 Person Rate: 1,300 per person

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


Rates Per each 2 hr Session: $20 each person  – Sea Kayak, paddle, PFD, pump and skirt. We recommend a rash guard top for extra warmth 

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


Rates Per each 2 hr Session: $20 each person  – Sea Kayak, PFD, paddle, pump and skirt. We recommend a rash guard top.


Contact Us!

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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