Rolling a Kayak

The Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club (NCKC), is coordinating five kayak roll/self rescue sessions this Fall/Winter at Beban Pool (2300 Bowen Rd). In these sessions you will learn the skills leading to and including the sweep roll.

Everyone is welcome!

Kayak skills leading to rolling:
1. paddle; feather, bent shaft, paddle length, and materials.
2. rocker and chine
3. kayak outfitting.
4. getting into and out of the kayak (no seal launches).
5. how to put the spray deck on and pull tab.
6. wet exit.
7. hip flick.
8. low and high brace.
9. t-rescue.
10. Sea o sky or sweep roll.

The following dates have been secured:

  • Thursday, October 6 and 20,
  • November 10 and 17
  • December 8

From 7:00-8:30 pm.

Bring your own boat, spray skirt, and paddle. Gear will be provided if you do not have your own. Please email  if you would like to borrow equipment.

Please enter the facility by the back door beside the water slides. Arrive early as everyone must wash
their boat before entering the pool; only clean boats will be permitted.
We are renting the small pool, and two lanes in the 25 m lane pool. The cost is $20.00 per person, per
session. This includes Canoe Kayak BC insurance and a portion of the facility rental.

Please pre-register as space is limited. Register for each session separately. We are going to use
NCKC/Canoe Kayak BC (CKBC), registration software called RAMP, to organize the sessions. This
makes things easier for organizers, and will help with things like funding applications etc.. If you are
not already a member you must sign the online liability and waivers.

To register go to:  and locate the Pool sessions listing. Participants will have to create a profile in order to register for one or more of these sessions. When you are asked to Choose a Category and Age Group select Adult – Learn to Paddle/Recreational Programs, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Payment can be made via e-transfer to  or a cheque payable to NCKC.

E-mail Ashley if you need help at

See you at the pool!

How to Sweep Roll a Kayak (Paddling Magazine)