-- Last Updated: Oct-31-12 7:38 PM EST --
Most classes would start with a paddle float. As awkward as a paddle float reentry is, it is effective in the relatively calm waters a beginner should be in. Then one can progress to putting less weight on the float which leads them to a cowboy reentry. Starting right off with a cowboy may work for a few but most will get very tired quickly trying.
And of course going out with a buddy or several and getting an assist is way easier yet.