PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE, THEN SOME STUDYING
I have been paddling C-1/oc-1 for ten years or more. I have been instructing for about 8 years
. Instucting really helped my paddling out. I dont think this would be the case in kayaking as I had the opportunity to teach beginners while polishing intermediate skills.
Time on the water is the best thing you can do.
I disagree you need a club in the eddy to learn, I think figuring things out on your own is great!
Try HARD moves on easy water. Catch those eddys, paddle upstream (ie make obtainments), take an aca course from a well known pro, check out 4-corners river sports.
I used to swim 3 times aday learning to surf an open canoe on ye ole yampa town run doh, dont tell ane1 !! But you learn, now that lil ironhorse hole is a wee riffle and I have moved onto the 4+ stuff when I can handle the andreniline.
I took 3 college , lol, yeah college, canoe couses paddled alot and got a job polishing,,,errr paddling canoes.
My philosophy is "TIME ON THE WATER" . Push your skills every now and then, just know your limits and go with good buddies.
One last thing,
Every Stroke Counts