First, find a club in your area or a whitewater isucsdsion group online and join it. Also, go to a retailer that specializes in kayaking and whitewater boating and get to know the people that work there and ask a LOT of questions (usually they don’t work in that kind of place by chance). Advice from a forum like this is OK sometimes, but if you really want to get started the right way (knowledge + good equipment + experience = SAFETY), then surround yourself with people that boat safely all the time. Good luck .you’re gonna have a blast!!