Kayaking can be as easy or challenging as you want, depending on your choice of on-the-water environments. You can learn the basic skills for kayaking in protected waters in just a few hours. It's best to take a class with a qualified instructor, to get started quickly and safely. With a few basic paddle strokes and some safety skills, you'll be on your way! Most courses offer all the equipment needed and even different boats to try. Practice on your own, some additional lessons and/ or a guided trip, can all enhance your paddling experiences. Besides your local Wilderness Systems dealer there are a number of online resources which can help you locate paddling schools near you.