It took B years to work up the courage to take out our kayak on his own. Last week, we had a party where every child from the soccer team and their siblings kayaked on their own - so T decided he was ready to do it.
And, J said "why not - I'll follow him in the row boat". Hmmm.
So, we put on his life vest, gave instructions, handed him the paddle, got the boat nearby, and shoved him from shore (and, I held my breath while J calmly followed him from a safe distance).
T tooled around close to the shore, figured out how to turn and go straight, and about burst into pieces over doing it all by himself.