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I’m far from experienced but I can give you my opinion as a beginner which should help as well. I just started paddling the Saint, my first day was 11/5/14 and ran the lower with experienced boaters and I swam while practicing ferrying. I’d suggest skipping Big Drop and Cats Paw (like I did) the first time you do the lower, but I had only been in a kayak about 7 times before that day. I’ve been down the lower around 15 times since November and finally did the upper last week and would definitely recommend doing that first. Do you have wetsuits or drysuits?