Thanks for all the positive responses. Roger in regards to your question I live in Bartlesville, Ok. It's in the northeast part of the state about 40 miles due north of Tulsa. Dallas is around 5 hours from Bville. Hatteras would be cool however my coin is already dedicated to the Grand Cayman trip! I'm a firm believer in taking lessons. I've done that with skiing, snowboarding , guitar,scuba diving etc. The rental place in Grand Cayman offers beginners lessons in group & a private 8 hr session. Again thank you all for your feedback.