I did the get-on-and-ride thing, which was composed of a lot of time going up and down my block in front of my house learning how to let out the clutch right. Unfortunately all the U-turns also involved me dropping my bike the first day and putting some mean scratches on, which will severely affect your riding fun.
Definately take the course or find someone to show you some stuff man. At the very least, figure out how to work the clutch and find the most back-water way possible to an empty parking lot for a day. Traffic in Stoon isn't too bad no, but would you want to be in a car when you didn't know the first thing about driving it? Be really careful. If I was anywhere other than Melfort or a community like it I definately would've wanted to take that course of find some kind of mentor to let me know what was going on.