all good. I have found that people, especially river people (i.e. whitewater) are some of the best people I’ve ever met. I started paddling again about 12 years ago, single blade, self taught, and agree with Jack. It took a lot to turn what once terrified me into what is now a relaxing run, but it happened. The vast majority of my friends kayak, and at least around here in the Northeast, there’s an awesome regional message board which is a good resource for answering questions and finding people to learn from and paddle with. We get what I term “leaders of the pack” who teach as we go, and I’ve actually been paddling tandem lately, taking newbies along and showing them what can be done in a canoe (i.e. swim ;-)).
From what I’ve seen of clubs, I’m glad I just have friends, and appreciate having the message board.
Having recently taken up mountain biking, I am finding the same resource exists for that, so I’m fairly sure you’ll find some sort of help online.
FWIW, my son is one of the better single blade paddlers I’ve seen, and he learned his skills from Youtube videos.