I just signed up for a kayaking class in Nov. in Yuma. The boats used for the class are all sit-on-tops, but the teacher does know the roll, and says she'll try to find time to teach it to me outside the class. So I plan to just learn what I can from that class, general knowledge, and then hopefully there will be an available pool and she'll have time to meet with me in the weeks after the class. I will be in Yuma from Nov. to April, and also plan to do a multi-day river trip there, seeing as there is the perfect river for a newbie there, over 100 miles of undammed Colorado River, with no real rapids.
I just bought new PFD and sprayskirt from NRS for my traditional whitewater kayak. I have a paddle, but it's a cheap one, but it does have an offset blade, about 45 degree angle. I have Bomb-Proof Roll book and a roll DVD. I understand I will want to get a better paddle later on. I have heard that flotation bags inside the boat will really help when you get upside down, also, especially in the learning process, but I haven't gotten those yet. I have a VERY limited budget!
Driftwood, I may get in touch with you later next spring about this if I have no success in Yuma at learning! I really appreciate your input.
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