Well, most pro boaters are willing to help anyone on the water learn to boat. Much of the time they will give you tips or show you lines. When I started boating I would follow the person in front of me and try to copy there moves. This will teach you what to expect when things do not go the way  you plan it. You should stick to streams that are within your skill levels. You can paddle with the pros, but you can’t paddle everything the pros paddle.