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Do I have to know the "kayak roll" to go kayaking?

Kayak rolling is a great safety skill. For challenging conditions, such as whitewater or kayaking in rough conditions like strong wind and swells, it is important to learn to roll. However, you can enjoy kayaking in less challenging conditions without rolling skills. Assisted and solo rescue and recovery skills are very important to learn and practice! You will normally be introduced to the rescue and recovery techniques when you take a basic kayaking class. Most people require specific rolling lessons and lots of practice to perfect this skill. Rolling is based more on technique and coordination than on strength. With patience and practice, rolling is not difficult to learn and leads the way to confidence in rough conditions.