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And then, of course, there's option of finding a certified kayaking instructor. Ask to see person's resume, and any certifications and formal training he or she's had. And before you whip out your checkbook, ask to see your perspective instructor on water. Does he or she seem skilled and confident when handling their kayak? Does their equipment look to be well maintained? Do they explain what they're doing and why they're doing it?
Most of all, how does this person come across? Do they appear to be patient and approachable? Do they answer your questions quickly and with confidence? Is this someone who makes you feel comfortable? Without a good rapport, after all, it's almost impossible to get most out of any instruction, paddling or otherwise.
In end, best approach to learning how to kayak is up to you. If you feel comfortable learning on your own, go for it. Just make sure to take your time and always think safety first. If you decide to go with an instructor, take time to choose wisely, and get most for your training dollars.
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