Piece of cake to learn, I'm not exactly the most coordinated person, and I managed to stay on the board, even while standing & not "cheating" by kneeling down :) Not scary at all like I thought it would be. Had a great time and would totally recommend this activity! We scheduled ours so we could catch the sunset and it was spectacular, plus we saw probably 10 turtles swimming alongside us as we paddled up the river. Heidi is great as an instructor--very friendly and personable--bonus she took pics and gave them to us at the end. Got a great one of my husband and myself side by side on our respective paddle boards & holding hands. priceless.