ROLLING A KAYAK is one of the most counter-intuitive things you’ll ever try.
When you’re upside down, your instinct tells you to go UP, to get AIR, but it’s exactly the opposite that you have to do–keep your head down, and bring it up last–in order to roll correctly.
That being said, once you really lock down a solid roll, it does become instinctual. You’ll soon figure out other kinds of rolls, and perhaps more importantly, use your new-found comfort and sense of balance in the water to keep from flipping in the first place.
The videos below are obviously no replacement for a teacher, but meant to help you visualize the body movements behind rolling.