I don't believe in re-inventing the wheel, so I really like paddling lessons. Even if you just plan to be a recreational paddler who stays close to shore, taking a basic class or two will make your experience a lot more enjoyable. Other courses can be helpful in specific areas of paddling, such as racing, rolling, white water or tidal paddling. It would be extremely unwise to even attempt things like white water or tidal races without some type education first. To find instruction in your area click below.