We especially like #4 on Katie's list. Safety and instruction are crucial if you want to have fun on the water. A great way to find ACA certified instructors near you is to download our free app, Paddle Ready and use the "Find Instruction" feature. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Thanks for all the advice, Katie. Truer words were never spoken: "It pays to take some lessons so you paddle correctly. Paddling the right way means less work. Less work equals more fun...[and] the entire point of paddling is to have fun."