Meet ACA instructor and mermaid, Gwen, and husband/fellow instructor/merman Kam. These two make kayak rolling (a self-rescue technique) look easy-peasy! There are dozens of variations (i.e, Greenland rolls), all with decidedly un-simple names like assammik nerfallaallugu and avataq isserflup taqqaanut qaanap psinarsuanut qilerullugu (we are not making this up!). The former means “using the hand lying on one’s back” and the latter, “with a hunting float tied to the deckline at the isserfik (!) at the side of the kayak.”
Jean swears ALL these names are ONOMATOPOEIC because that’s pretty much what comes out when she gives it a whirl… “Isserflup aaaack-ack ptuiii!”
In this video, Gwen and Kam show how simple it truly is… It helps to be flexible, coordinated, and Gwen and Kam.