idea Do you want to make it your lifestyle or weekend warrior?
All of the posts above are spot on. Great advice on boats and learning with Ace can't be beat. If you are wanting to make the irreversible transition to full-on kayaking bum move to a rafting outpost on the Ocoee. Before you know it, you'll have a million paddling partners. For example; Cascade Outdoors has had a current or previous employee qualify for 7 of the last 9 Freestyle World Championships. That's probably the best odds of becoming a good kayaker you're going to get. This whole time everybody thought raft guides didn't know anything about kayaking, ha!