It's liberating to overcome your fears, and Paddleboarding is more fun with friends. Group Stand Up Paddleboard events make learning and sharing a social experience. Before you know it, your group will be the experts in the area.
A lightweight paddleboard makes transport to and from the body of water you will enjoy much easier. Stand Up Paddleboards come in inflatable, soft-body, or hard body models. There are also various price ranges. I suggest going to a good water sports shop, so you can get expert advice. (Make sure you ask the salesperson about their paddleboard experience. If they've been once or twice, they aren't qualified to give you good information.)
Everyone worries about getting on a Stand Up Paddleboard. There are several ways to accomplish it. You can set the nose against a flat surface, such as a boat dock, and walk onto the board. You can start on your knees, and stand up once you get into deeper water. Or much like surfing, you can lay on your stomach, and stand once you paddle out a bit.
Hard boards provide a little more stability, but make sure you get one light enough to lift, carry, and haul to and from your put in location. There are many models of Stand Up Paddleboards, and sure to be many more in the future. After all, it's the latest wave!