Mentoring experienced paddlers and coaches is a great opportunity to share some of the skills and drills that help us, and the paddlers we coach, understand how important body position is in any type of roll, Euro or Greenland. I realise that everytime I do this I understand better the differences between the two types of roll. This time I've thought a lot about how paddle design, how and where it is gripped, where the blade travels, feather and so on can influence body position.
From the outset the avataq has been invaluable. It has really allowed folk to good feel for how body position and edging the kayak relate as you open out from 'cat' to 'cow' in the standard Greenland roll.
With some more pool time, the avataq would be great for playing around with this movement without a paddle, gradually working towards using body movement alone for recovery.
An avataq is not a piece of equipment that you really need, it can 'sort of' be substituted for with a paddle float or inflated wine bags in a net bag, but it is nice to be able to use and share an understanding of another authentic piece of equipment.