The ring thing makes sense. In fact, in college I took a couple of pool classes and learned the first night to take it off. I rolled on accident and my ring went flying across the pool!
I'm going to try and hit up quail lake in COS on friday with my friend, also a newbie - if anyone wants to join. We're more going just to get on some water and so I can teach him basic basic things like wet exit and t-rescue. But I figure it's a start and if anybody wants to teach beyond that, you're more than welcome to join us!