Hi bigbob2, best way to start - slowl becoming faster : )
Good subject matter, as it adds colour and interest.
In the mod, I have cropped the image to bring the subject matter closer, leaving space for the boat to move into, whilst maintaing the splashes from the paddles, which also add interet.
As for tips, if you're going to photograph anything that's moving, up your shutter speed, in order to capture the subject without any unwanted blur.
If the subject matter has eyes, focus on them as they are the most important thing to get sharp - everything else will look good if the eyes are sharp.
A good way to get your panning technique better, can be as easy as standing beside the road, photographing moving traffic - always pick a point on the vehicle( eg nearside wing mirror), and shoot away as the car passes.
Finally, when uploading images to epz, when you resize your image (to 600pix), the image will soften slightly, so it is necessary to give it a final sharpen before you upload it.
I hope this is of some help - good luck : )