It took Raegan just a few minutes to figure it out.. and she was OFF!! This little kayak is awesome, we were allowed to borrow it from other preschool parents when we visited Scout Lake and Raegan is a natural! One ride out with Aunt Davinie taught her how the paddle worked, and first chance she got she went waaaay out all on her own! Figured out turning around and everything! It was pretty dang fantastic to see.