Rescues are easier butt first, as this gets your center of gravity down lower. But they can be done feet first - it just takes more balance.
The paddle float reference of an earlier response was one option. In that case, the paddle float provides additional balance.
Scramble or similar can also be done, but you have to get up on back deck and then get feet in straight in front of you and then slide in. Takes good balance, a good brace, or both.
The re-enter and roll is also good, so you slide in and sit down before trying to roll. the smaller cockpit and having to slide in may seem a little harder to get in upside down at first, but once in, the fact that your legs are more locked will likely help on the roll.
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