First and foremost welcome to the world of splash dogs. I suggest you dig in because you’re sure to become and addict like the rest of us. Fortunately none of my friends have attempted an intervention at this point (however one might be in the works). The following link
is the splash dogs newcomers guide that has plenty of advice for newbie’s. I also noticed you joined our (Utah Dock Jumping) facebook page and I will get you some additional info there as well later on today.
I like your idea about Utah Lake. If you can get a point of contact I will gladly do what I can to assist possibly even enlisting the help of the big dog David himself along the many teams living in Utah County and see if they might jump in and help as well, pun intended.
Advice for the first time jumper? It might sound cliché but HAVE FUN!