You can read all the canoeing tips and tricks you can get your hands on, but sometimes the best way to learn is by doing. If you want a little hands-on, in-person guidance before you head out on your own, there are endless opportunities awaiting you. Outdoor gear stores, canoe associations, and outdoor expos are all great places to look for classes and workshops. Professional paddling schools often have novice and beginner-level courses, and it’s also a good idea to check with your local park district or University outdoor program for classes open to the general public. For tips on where to get started in your search, check out gear stores, outdoor expos and paddling schools near you.