Q: Do I need to do a paddling course to get started in kayak fishing?
GR says: You don’t, but it would help. If you invest in a day course, it will give you a few pointers towards the basics and that would be money well spent.
It may make you aware of a technique that you have overlooked. An example would be learning an efficient paddle stroke. Knowing how to paddle efficiently extends your range and opens up more fishing options. It allows you to return with plenty of energy that could be wasted by bad paddling.