Hey Dave, I think a lot of us are self taught. I think I've taught myself some things that I might not have discovered if I had taken lessons. To me, it's part of the fun to learn new things, especially when it comes to boat handling.
Sometimes though, I have found reading, or stumbling across a video, etc. on the Internet to be instructive. Mostly I've learned to keep an open mind and not be afraid to experiment with different ideas. As a matter of fact, I was out Sunday and taught myself a new maneuvering detail. I really think that the more a person learns, the more you find out there is to learn. With me, it has been a very long term process. I've been paddling for years and am amazed at how much I don't know.
One thing I sure don't know is anything about your new boat. However, I'm sure if you search around, you'll probably find some reviews of the boat. I would caution you that no matter what credentials any reviewer touts, it's still just a collection of opinions. Lately I've had the occasion to talk to some supposedly very savvy factory people and I found some of their opinons to be totally useless and very flawed--as were their boats--in my opinion. I won't be specific about the brand I am referring to, but it isn't Delta.