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Re: A Pool Roll is not a Combat Roll

: So, question is, for I have rambled somewhat...should rolling be a mandatory
: requirement for entry level kayakers?

Oh no, certainly not. I would have never been allowed on the water if that were the case. But rolling should probably be a *goal* for those kayakers who paddle boats that can be rolled with reasonable effort. A novice should learn using the paddle float and assisted rescues FIRST, and use those while they progress towards a roll (and continue to practice them even after learning to roll). Whether it takes 6 hours or 2 years, it should be a goal as it will teach skills to prevent them from going over in the first place.