Nose plugs are a good idea

Valley Mill Kayak School’s social sessions are a great way to work on skills and I went tonight to see if I could get more instruction on how to roll.

The evening started out well as there were only four “students” (including me) and the instructor. The instructor was one of the teachers at the second class I took two weeks ago, but I didn’t have the opportunity to work with him then.

After two hours of him patiently trying to teach me the rolling basics, I now consider him my favorite instructor. I spent so much time floundering in the water and regretted leaving my nose plugs at home. I found it difficult to pay attention to his instructions when I was self-conscious about water streaming out of my nose and sinuses for what felt like an eternity. I’m still not there with rolls, but my paddling skills are improving and my fundamentals that will make rolls easier are getting better too. I consider it a good session when I’m still laughing as I haul the kayak up the hill away from the water to the trailer after a humbling two-hour session.

I’m already looking forward to next Saturday.

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