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good question fish for life. i don't know if eastern outdoors has a shop in the area, but they used to do kayak lessons. another idea would be any Y camp, they often have people that would be happy to help out with this.
are you looking for white water or just basic kayak? don't try to learn the eskimo roll alone, you need a spotter.
the biggest thing to keep in mind, besides a life jacket, is no j-strookes. this is a common prtoblem for experienced canoest, they are so mused to the j-stroke they will try it....and flip the kayak. not a problem to a pure novice but sort of funny when you see a canoe instructor do it 12 times in a row...lol!!!!!!!!! and that's another story!! lol
 

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If you're using a basic kayak and have ever been in a canoe, it's amazingly easy! It's like being in a cannoe but sitting on the floor of the boat, you're not strapped or secured in so you won't need to learn how to roll because if you tip it, you just fall out.

All I've ever done is use a figure 8 type motion, using your arms and shoulders only. If you rock your body, you rock the boat. Turning isn't much different from turning a canoe.

I've only been on a river but I got in without any lessons, but experience in a canoe and it was easy, lots of fun, and very peaceful.

Don't forget the life-jacket!!
 

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Just get in or on the kayak and start paddling its very easy. You may feel uneasy for a few minutes but that will go away. Relax and enjoy the trip.
 

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Lots of books available on the subjecy as well as videos.

Some general tips,

any power applied to the paddle once it passes your hips will tend to turn you more then the power applied ahead of the hips.

The further away from the centerline of the boat you place the paddle, the more you will turn the boat, this is a good thing when you want to turn but not so good if your trying to go straight.

Don't use a death grip on the paddle shaft, you'll get tired faster doing this. also, if your boat has foot braces you can use your whole body to apply power which helps you paddle longer distances
without the fatigue if you only use your arms.

Make sure you have the minimum safety equipment on board. I would add that a spare paddle is a good idea, I've had 2 paddle failures over the years, one happened in the middle of Grand lake...lol, I was very happy that it happened right ofter the power stroke and that i was carrying a spare

google atlantic kayak association, they are based in Moncton and have weekly outings and welcome new paddlers. Should be able to find a few knowledgeable paddlers through them.

SAFETY is an important aspect of kayaking

respect the power of water, between water temperature and the power of current it can be deadly at times.

kayaking is a fun and healthy activity so long as you do it safely, paddle with others, have the required safety gear, respect the environment your in, it's not our native environment

a word about the Bay of Fundy, be very very careful there, 10 meters tides can create powerful currents, water temps are only in the low to mid 10's in July, hypothermia can set in fast if you end up in the water, know your abilities as well as your paddling partners

A word about wind, you'll quickly learn that wind can be very difficult to paddle in. If the wind is very strong it can whip up some pretty big waves. Waves can be fun to play in but if your trying to paddle towards a particular spot and you have to go into the wind you'll get tired fast, it increases the workload significantly so the best plan is to choose your departure direction on lakes or ocean based on current direction, paddling back with the wind when your tired is a lot easier

A word about weather, it can change fast turning to best of plans into a disaster.
 

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thank you everybody My father has one I would like to try up in the moncton area, there is a few rivers i would like to try i've been canoeing for the last three years and it is starting to come back to me, I would like to go with someone who has the time to give a little lesson
 

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Not sure if you have a SIK ("sit inside kayak") or a SOT ("sit on top"), but if it's an SOT you just need to get on the water and start paddling. If it's a SIK, you need a course to learn how to roll. (not needed with an sot)
 

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it is a sik what is the difference between a river and an ocean are river kayak's wider and shorter?
 

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it is a sik what is the difference between a river and an ocean are river kayak's wider and shorter?
Basically, yes, ocean long and skinny, river short and stubby

on the ocean you want to go straight for long distances usually, length helps with the straight line tracking, narrow width helps with reduce the tendency for the boat to stay parallel to the water surface, which is good if your sideways on a big wave, the sudden transition at the top can flip you over easier with a wide boat.

On the river, maneuverability and running a swallow keel are more important hence the short but wide boat.
 
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