If youre doing water where your paddle may be the difference between life and death, I would get a different paddle, but if you are looking for an entry level paddle, guest paddle, or a spare, this is a good paddle for the money (especially if you use a 20% off coupon). Also, if you a looking at long days of paddling or overnight tripping, then you are ready to spend a little more money for lighter paddle.
One more thing, while this paddle's shaft has slight oval shape, it is still almost round. I would add a "register" to the fixed hand position, so that you can be assured that you have found your grip.
The blades are very sturdy and provide tons of purchase. This paddle does everything I ask of it and more...and for the price I shouldn't ask much at all from it.
I bought this paddle after getting into kayaking and it fits the bill for me.