Assume I am completely naïve of boating concerns, that I know the following:
There are things that float and carry stuff across the water called boats.
A boat needs something to make it move. Some have paddles.
I think that some of the popular small boats that might be easy to start with use paddles. And paddling seems safer and easier to understand - just push against the water - so let's assume boats that use paddles.
Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canoe
What are the things I should know (or do, or get, etc.) before clumsily rushing into paddle boating?