Kayak Rolling Class

Kayak Rolling Class

If you plan to surf, downwind, tour in Puget Sound or beyond, paddle in Deception Pass or play in rougher conditions (especially currents), a reliable roll is the best recovery. It’s fast, minimizes time in the water, gets you out of harms way quickly, and doesn’t add risk for someone assisting you.

Rolls are also great for accident avoidance. In conditions, intentionally capsizing one of the best ways we can avoid being hit by a rogue wave or another kayaker when surfing.

Our kayak rolling class, unlike others includes four 2 hour sessions which are essential for learning a reliable roll. Rolls take time to learn. It’s a layered process.

Learning to roll is based upon building muscle memory which can’t be rushed. You’ll get a better handle on the technique and more likely succeed with more instruction. Most don’t get a roll in 1-2 sessions.

Private Classes only until Summer 2023

You’ll also Improve your Rescue Skills:

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.  Your instructor will also cover the cowboy and cowgirl rescues plus paddle float rescue will be covered to solidify your overall rescue and safety skills.

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:

Rolls can fail. Having a solid backups are essential for your safety.

  • Learn how to re-mount your boat using the paddle float, cowgirl and cowboy rescue
  • Find out how to rescue another kayaker using the T-Rescue, heel hook method and others.
  • Learn about alternative rescues like the stirrup



  • Four – 2 hour sessions including kayak rescue skills
  • Winter pool option available
  • Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:1 / 1:2 / 1:3 / 1:4
  • Must have basic swimming skills

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!



$999 each for 3-4 students | $1,399 each for 2 students | $1,999 for 1 student

Why so much?  Most can’t learn a reliable roll in 1-2 sessions, it takes time to learn.  And we pay our instructors a living wage and it’s cheaper than a USCG rescue!


  • Pool – Sea Kayak, PFD, paddle, pump and skirt plus neoprene top and booties.
  • Outdoors: 6/4mm or 4/3mm seam sealed wetsuit, fleece lined booties, neoprene hood and gloves, optional helmet.
  • OK to bring your own gear which is best to learn with

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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