Three months with several years of kayak and SUP experience. So You should certainly have an awareness that ikayaks do not usually behave the same as solid ones. But this model significantly reduces that gap. Inflation is relatively easy and improves with practice. Handling is remarkably agile with the drop stitch flooring (which also seems to keep some of the cold out of the bottom of the boat). We kayak with a 15 pound Havanese that seems to prefer this over other kayaks and I can still fit my legs in the back. Cleanup without a hose can be a challenge after the paddle but a towel and sponge have worked so far.