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!