I was concerned because it has been a very long time since I've been on the water, the water was fairly high, weather unpredictable, and I'm more than middle aged. They were straightforward, explained everything, and offered every kind of information, descriptions, and reality checks. Plenty of training and practice. I did not need to be so paranoid - they've got it covered. The leads are incredibly experienced, and not just with the specific river and conditions in question. They are so good, I can guarantee they'll the right thing for you. Next time I will choose something much harder and wear a lot less :)!