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Top Tips When Learning to Roll

By Adam Harmer

Here are a few tips to help you get rolling sucessfully.

Tip One

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.

Tip Two

Top Tips When Learning to 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.

Tip Three

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.

Tip Four

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.

Tip Five

Top Tips When Learning to Roll

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!!

Top Tips When Learning to Roll

Tip Six

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.

Tip Seven

Top Tips When Learning to Roll

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.

Tip Eight

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..

Tip Nine


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