I have recently started with WW, having done the Intro to WW at LV and I'm pretty much hooked, FYI, I can do a 1:5 roll ratio in still water lol
I cannot use LV until i have more experience and able to pass the Legacy assessment, but to do that I have to take the next course as there is no WW here in Norfolk.
My other option is to visit HPP or Northampton as i don't think the have an assessment requirement as such, the downside there is, that there is a requirement to roll (as per their ToC's seen below), I am going to assume they mean able to do all three, I will add that i have sen many a video where folk have ended up swimming at both HPP and Northampton but they do show a reasonable level of competency.
Now for the LV assessment, they do ask you to do a roll but its not a fail if you cant complete the roll as long as you show competency on the water and not hinder other kayakers (i wish the latter applied to kayakers learning, others were always getting in our way, enough that i had to abort many times).By signing this document you are declaring that you are competent in White Water use and that you can successfully perform;
1. An Eskimo roll in grade 3 white water
2. A Self rescue in grade 3 white water
3. A safe swimming (defensive) position in grade 3 white water
With that in mind, if i found someone that would be willing to take me under their wing, how strict is the "rolling" requirement?
Or am I stuck with having to gain my experience by paying for courses?
BTW i am a fairly competent kayaker, I even did part of my 3 star at HPP bak in the early 90's but alas, most of that knowledge fell by the way side or has changed in such a way that i had to adapt and re-learn. anyway, carry on :)