Before starting to cast, carefully check your rod is well assembled and lock the drag.
The line should be long enough that the weight reaches half way down the rod, around the level of the rod fitting.
To cast, put one foot in front of the other and then shift your weight from your back foot onto the front one, holding the rod above your head with straight arms.
Mark out your position for the first cast using stakes or pegs placed at the ends of your feet. This way you will be sure to keep the same stance for all subsequent casts and you will be more accurate. Seriously useful for night fishing!