Greenland Rolling & Traditional Paddling Skills


Whether you’re curious about this alternative paddling technique or are already paddling with a Greenland-style paddle, this clinic will interest you! You will learn how to use the Greenland-style paddle for paddling, bracing, and Greenland-style rolling techniques. The Greenland-style paddle is considered easier to roll with, so if you’re at a level where you are learning to roll, you may find using this paddle can boost your ability.


Meet at 9:00am at the Pearson College pool, Metchosin, BC. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early at your course location with your kayak clean and ready to use in the pool.

Equipment List

Please read the following equipment list below carefully, as it indicates what you will need to bring with you on the program. Ocean River Sports stocks many of the items listed. If you need advice or would like to purchase gear, please visit us or check out our online store!

Cotton keeps you cold when it’s wet, and takes a long time to dry. If possible, bring clothing designed for outdoor wear and made from Merino (wool), silk, or synthetic materials, such as polyester, polypropylene, or nylon.

*indicates optional item.

Equipment List

Kayak and Paddling Gear

You will need a sea kayak and paddling gear for your program. You can either rent these from us for an additional fee, or you can provide your own sea kayak and paddling gear if you already own or have access to these.

If you are renting a sea kayak and paddling gear from Ocean River Sports, you will be provided with the following items as one complete package:

  • Sea kayak.
  • Paddle.
  • Sprayskirt.
  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device): Canadian Coast Guard approved.
  • Whistle.
  • Hand pump.
  • Throw-line (buoyant heaving line at least 15 meters in length).
  • Paddle float.
  • *Spare paddle (optional)
  • *Sponge (optional): for drying out hatches

If you are providing your own kayak and paddling gear for your program, you must provide the paddling gear listed above, and your sea kayak must meet the following requirements**: (1) is suitable for open sea conditions; (2) has positive buoyancy when capsized. Please note: recreational kayaks that do not meet the above requirements are not suitable for our programs. If you have questions about the suitability of your kayak, please contact us.

What Ocean River Sports Provides for Your Program

Ocean River Sports provides the following equipment and supplies for your program:

  • First aid equipment.
  • VHF Marine Radio.
  • Greenland paddles.
  • Wetsuit.
  • Paddling jacket.
  • *If you like, you may wish to provide your own wetsuit and paddling jacket or drysuit. If you are providing your own, please ensure that it is comfortable for paddling for extended periods and will keep you warm during immersion.

What You Provide for Your Program



*indicates optional item.

Personal Gear

  • Eyeglass retainer strap if you wear glasses.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, please bring an extra set in case of loss; also, don’t forget contact lens solution and a carrying case for your contacts or glasses.
  • Sunglasses. Include a strap to secure them.
  • Sunscreen: waterproof, sweat-proof, SPF 30 or higher.
  • Lip sunblock.


  • Neoprene ‘Scull Cap’ or thin wool toque (to keep your head warm when wet).
  • Long-sleeved, non-cotton shirt or long underwear top to protect from the sun.
  • Warm fleece pullover or Merino (wool) sweater to keep you warm in cooler weather.
  • Hat for sun, rain, or warmth, depending on the weather. A broad-brimmed hat works best.
  • Windbreaker (e.g., nylon jacket that can shed the wind).
  • Rain jacket (with a hood, if you don’t have a broad-brimmed rain hat). Gore-tex™ or other breathable material works well.
  • A change of warm clothes placed in a marine dry bag (available at Ocean River Sports) or small backpack or duffle bag. If you are using a small backpack or duffle bag, your clothes can be waterproofed with large Ziplock™ bags or garbage bags (this ensures you have dry clothes to change into after paddling).
  • Footwear for wearing while paddling (that can get wet); e.g., sport sandals (with heal strap), running shoes, wetsuit booties, or reef shoes with good soles.
  • A change of footwear for wearing before and after paddling, such as a trail running shoe, light hiking shoe, or rubber boots. Waterproof footwear is preferable.

Food and Water

  • Water bottle (filled): large enough to hold about 1 liter or 1 quart of water so you can keep yourself well-hydrated.
  • Snack(s).
  • *Thermos with a warm drink.
Waiver/Medical Forms

Please review the following form prior to your program. Please sign/initial the form in the presence of your instructor/guide, who will act as your witness.

Ocean River Sports Waiver (PDF)

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