I learned to paddle in upstate NY years ago by first canoeing the abundant rivers and lakes there. If you're up for lots of road-tripping, go for the white water boating. If you're looking to take your time and learn water craft, I suggest first getting involved with the sport you have most conventient access to in your neck of the woods. The Susquennah River is close and could be a great place to start (and practice that roll if decide to get a kayak). Its a good class I or II and there is a fun annual race event:
General Clinton Canoe Regatta, Bainbridge, New York
By all means, take the kayak classes and learn to roll first in a pool. The LeHigh isn't too far and once you're ready for class III/IV, you've got so many rivers in the Adirondacks to hone your skills. NY really is the Whitwater State but most of 'em are up North. Just get ready to live out of your car on weekends once you get hooked (or move to Colorado like I did
Originally Posted by falco242
well 1st off, thanks to everyone who posted. all the info was useful and I have been reading everything I can on this (and watching some videos too). I am signing up for classes come the end of august and I figure once I get the basics down from there, I'll be ready to buy my own and practice my rolls in my pool.
so as a 1st buy, im guessing im going to go with used just because of how expensive some of these get new...and I am going to go hard shell...need to start thinking of everything ill be needing (and its adding up quickly) but im psyched so thanks for the guidance!!