Every one I have every tried to teach has had that problem. Been so long since I was at that level I never have a clue what to tell them. I love telling them to sit up on the board, that's when you see the fun start . Practice is what it takes but I would bet 95 % of the people who start so late in life will give it up before they ever figure it out. You need to be a kid with nothing to do to want to waist your days trying to learn how to paddle a board. With the shape I'm in today there is no way I would have the time or desire to figure it all out, I'm glad I got it over with when I was a kid.