I want to go kayaking but the local kayakers make it sound very dangerous to go alone. Is a canoe safer or a kayak, also I saw some kayaks at Walmart for 300 dollars is would I be buying junk if I got that or are they fine for a beginner?
Where? Ocean? Lake? River? Whitewater? Warm or cold water? Kayaking alone isn't necessarily dangerous unless it's rough water or open ocean but you should know what to do if you tip.
>also I saw some kayaks at Walmart for 300 dollars is would I be buying junk if I got that or are they fine for a beginner?
As long as it floats junk is better than no boat but you should have a look at used boats as well. Better not to spend too much on a first boat because you don't know what you like yet.
I casually kayak on a calm lake every now and then. I bought a $250 kayak from Walmart, and it's served me well for about two years now, no leaks. It was a really good, cheap option that let me know whether or not I liked it. Stay far away from boats if you're going out on a popular lakes though, the wake can easily tip you over. Don't bring anything with you that you're not prepared to lose.
Join your local canoe/kayak club, they probably have a club boat and set of paddles etc you can borrow for a while to see if you enjoy that, they will probably offer basic teaching/beginner sessions. Go along to these before you throw however much money at something that's probably a piece of shit. I did this last year and now I go every weekend that I can because I joined a club and actually have people that I want to go kayaking with.