Originally Posted by huntthedistance
I will look into this. The great thing about where I live is we have nice rivers in all directions withing one hour from me. Is it best to start on a pond or something first or what?
That's what I'd do. I think most people think flat water is a piece of cake but there's some things to know about that too. Buy/checkout a book and a video that go into both flat water and swift water. Lots of stuff on YouTube. I like reading a little about camping and touring because for that, you have to plan for less than ideal circumstances which is good stuff to know for anyone on the water. I guess the learning curve is a little like driving a car. There's a few paddle strokes you'll need to learn and ways to tiller (level) your boat to get it working for you instead of against you. Like most things, you learn about it, then you do it a few times and before long, your good at it. Some guys are crazy good at paddling but I don't take it to that level any more than I take driving a car to that level. Just a cool way to get around on the water.