Top Tips When Learning to Roll
Here are a few tips to help you get rolling sucessfully.
Develop your core strength at home by using a gym ball instead of your office chair. (I use a space-hopper as the races down the street are more fun). This strength will be invaluable as you start to develop your roll.
Use a range of paddle floats, buy two swim-floats and stick them together with duct tape, then as you get better cut the foam down in size until you have nothing left. Alternatively use an inflatable paddle float and slowly release the air out as you get more successful.
Always take time to get yourself warmed up on the pool side beforehand, loosen the muscles, develop a mental understanding, and create that perfect visualisation before getting wet. Not only will all this prevent injury but it will lead to a better overall roll.
Splash your face, having a wet face or a swim beforehand means the .cold water shock. is less likely to scare you off or distract your attention from maintaining good technique.
Use goggles and a nose plug, especially if you.re using a pool, but make sure you roll without them before heading outside, it.s not a cool look!!
Get comfortable paddling a submerged boat, it helps to improve subtle weight shifts and control balance. You can use this exercise as the latter part of your warm up.
Standing in a boat is a good way of working those core tummy muscles, start from sitting, try standing, then .heads, shoulders knees and toes. before sitting back down. Remember to leave room around the pool to avoid hitting your head.
Rest. Make sure there is structured rest during each rolling session, remember 10 rolls on a day out would seem a bad day, so don.t do too many otherwise fatigue will start to mask your .real roll..