What is this forum for boaters in the southeast?
boatertalk.com and or eddyflower.com are both good south east forums, more widley used than the buzz out there, although I dont know why. The buzz is best, turn everyone on to it! So my suggestion is buy a kayak paddle and take advantage of discounted lessons while you are working at the center. . . Western Carolina and the south east in general is a boating mecca, your options will become much greater when you hop in a hard boat !! Check out the rivergypsies website @ The River Gypsies
for lots of great info, paddle clinics, and some of the best guied books around. . . Good Luck, and enjoy the SE.!