If you can roll a modern whitewater boat, you can roll most any seakayak.
There is a small difference in how the roll progresses based on the shape of the hull, once you get the principle down, and have a good hip snap you can easily roll a seakayak. A small boat lets you take it inside your car, throw it around the cement at the pool, leave it outside in cold weather etc etc.
I find it a huge pain at pool sessions with 17 + seakayaks, with people trying to get them into the venue, into the water and then taking up a huge amount of area in the pool. You can seal launch the whitewater boat off of the side, diving boards etc. and develop real skills for balance, rolling and bracing.
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