Originally Posted by glenn
Take it now. Never to early to learn this stuff.
Agreed! Also, if you are really intent on learning and getting after it, take an Advanced 1st Aid or Wilderness 1st Aid course. It might not be obvious right now, but these are important skills to have in your "bag" and you'll gain a new perspective on where you are and what you're doing out there.
Another also: to really progress to harder whitewater fast, get into slalom and rodeo boating. One will hone your skills to get you down river and the other will teach you to roll up in any situation.
Sorry, if your have already heard all that.... Come paddle The Numbers!