I was self taught, but . . .
When my other half started fly fishing she went straight for lessons - she's pretty handy with a fly rod too
It's a funny thing . . . when you deliver casting instruction at shows like the CLA, you do find that a lot of women like to 'try their hand'. Generally, they are a delight! They listen, they follow direction and suggestion without 'affront' and never consider that the horizon is a distance to overcome.