[Homestead] Primitive Technology Living
eureka at hctc.net
eureka at hctc.net
Sun Oct 19 11:54:08 EDT 2008
On Sun, 19 Oct 2008 02:14:47 -0400
EarthNSky <erthnsky at bellsouth.net> wrote:
SIL tried 6
>times to roll, so
> we had a good laugh. I've got some great pics of that
> have since heard that you have to have your head on the
>deck to get
> over, then twist your hips. I know it is one of those
>things that is
> easier said than done, but is that the trick, having
>your head down?
Actually, I think it is easier done than said. Words don't
make any sense when you are hanging upside down
I don't teach the roll like many instructors. The roll I
teach is called the C to C roll. I stand in the water and
move you through 90 percent of the motions starting with
the last thing first (the hip snap) and working you up to
the begining in reverse order. Most of this can be
accomplished without putting your head under, or at least
under much. It's really all about fluidity and a great hip
snap, so there really aren't any tricks. By the time the
student can execute these competently, I let them do the
first step on their own, which is dumping themselves over,
which I think is the hardest part <g> It is very demanding
on me physically, but it is the quickest way to get
someone rolling, and it then becomes something very
natural rather than jerky (or comical, as the case may
The number one reason for a failed roll is not having a
strong hip snap. The second, and most common one, is head
position...when moving your spine from a C one way to a C
the other way you must have your ear on one shoulder and
then move to your other ear on the other shoulder. You can
practice this at your desk. If you have the wrong
ear/shoulder while making a spinal C you would actually be
making an S with your spine.
There is a very good video called "Grace Under Pressure"
that is filmed underwater so you can see the fluid motions
that I recommend anyone trying to learn it on their own.
> Sage, that is only about 2 hours from my house. Next
>time you are out
> this way, give me a shout. There are a lot of good
> around here. I'm a Class I girl myself.
I am a solid Class III paddler but, with our drought and
low CFS, am so out of shape would be a fool to attempt it
now. I prefer Class II or less these days. We will
probably make a trip your way in 2009 as I'm researching
some of my Georgia ancestors in Gwinette Co. and would
like to visit NC again. Maybe we can have a nice easy
Yikes! What a story. You are a trooper. That would have
ended my vacation. I don't make a very good canoe partner
because I like to be in control of my boat and I don't
like looking over somebody's shoulder. There is a joke
about canoeing being the fastest way to a divorce. The
kayak has much more stability because your butt, and
center of gravity, is below water level, and having a two
bladed paddle gives more balance.
> May of 2006 DH decides he wants to build canoe, but has
> Bev decides we need to rent a canoe so that he can learn
>to paddle and
> decide if it is something he likes to do.
The voice of reason!
>before, so it was
> faster than usual. Also, we had never been there
>before, had no
> knowledge of the river, had no guide, no companions,
> opening. We were stuck parallel to the current and
> the fall.
That's called a pin.
> Now, we don't paddle alone. We carry a first aid kit,
>and we research
> the river before we go.
Good girl! Sounds like we've both learned some lessons
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