Question: During an unexpected capsize, I’d likely be holding the paddle close to the center. In your class we learned the roll using an extended paddle. What impact does this change in position have?
Answer: As far as where to hold the paddle, it’s always okay to extend it. If you are knocked over in conditions, your set-up will be the most important factor of your roll. It is perfectly acceptable to extend the paddle before rolling up. Over time, and with practice, you’ll be able to roll holding the paddle wherever you choose to (or use no paddle at all), but in a “combat” type situation, it’s best to revert to what you are most comfortable with. You’ll be spending a couple of seconds setting up anyway, might as well make the roll as easy as possible 🙂