Trying to get into white water kayaking.

For a bit of background I have been a raft guide in Tennessee for the summer and now I am considering getting into kayaking

I have the opportunity to buy a liquid logic hoss for around $200. Unfortunately though after labor day I’m moving back to new Jersey and won’t know anyone to go kayaking with.

I’m just want to get a few opinions if it’s really worth investing in and if there will good places to practice with people near new Jersey.