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.