Beginning Kayak Roll - Tacoma - 2019

Sea Kayaking Course

Beginning Kayak Roll

Kayak roll class; 3 pool sessions.

Being able to roll is very cool. Not only will you be able to get back up in 5 seconds after a capsize, it's fun! Your confidence level in general will soar. You can push the limits on kayak strokes and maneuvers; with your newly-established confidence and skill you know that if you go over, you can come back up without having to wet exit.

Here is what the course entails:

We’ll hit the pool for our afternoon Roll Class sessions on three Sunday afternoons in November.  You will be working with an instructor on various drills and steps on how to roll your kayak.

Meeting Time and Place:

Pool sessions: Sunday November 10th, Sunday November 17th and Sunday November 24th. 

Location: Peninsula High School Pool, 14015 62nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor.

Students will be assigned to  ONE session each Sunday:

Session One - 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Session Two - 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Each session MAY have some optional pool play time at the end for students who want more practice on their own. 

Please register separately for each pool day you plan to attend. We recommend attending all three Sundays.

Leader Notes:

Lead Instructor: Gary Peniston, 253-851-8348 or

Instructor/Enrollment Coordinator:  Don Short, 253-426-8638 or

Contact the leader or Enrollment Coordinator for permission to sign up and discuss your boat fit. The information packet is on this web page; click on the blue “Course Materials” tab below. It is essential you review these materials well ahead of the course.

We recommend that you consider purchasing the video, "The Kayak Roll" by Mary and Phil DeReimer, directed by Kent Ford.  You can purchase it on Amazon for around $30 at, or the Kindle version (just the book, not the video) for $10.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Bring your own kayak, paddle and spray skirt. If you have reason to believe that your kayak would not be conducive to rolling, contact the instructor or enrollment coordinator, and we can discuss options. We may have some kayaks to loan.

Bring some pool attire to keep you warm like a wet suit or shorty wet suit, and some footwear to protect your feet. Please avoid anything with laces that could get caught on foot pegs. Dive booties work well.

We recommend bringing the PFD you normally paddle in.

Swimming goggles and nose clips, or dive masks, are recommended, as you will be spending time hanging out upside-down, and chlorinated water can irritate eyes and sinuses.

Lockers are available for clothing and personal items. Please bring your own lock.