Not too long ago I managed to turn 18... I know magic!
.... Basically any helpful / key information for a beginner like me would be vital, Thanks!
For the beginner...
Punting on the Cherwell, under Magdalen Bridge, Oxford.
Rivington recommends that the beginner should:
Stand near the back of the punt (that is, on the box in
Cambridge or on the "swim" in Oxford) and as near to the side as confidence and balance allow, facing over the side of the punt.
With the forward hand throw the pole vertically down close to the side of the punt, guiding it with the lower hand.
Let it fall all the way until it touches the bottom and then reach forward with both hands and gently pull the pole past your chest.
At the end of the stroke, relax and allow the pole to float up like a rudder behind you.
When the punt is going straight, recover the pole hand over hand until you can throw it down again and begin the next stroke.
The habit of relaxing at the end of the stroke helps to avoid falling in should the pole unexpectedly get stuck.