Deckers is a nice place to teach beginers, very forgiving. Note the rock sieve on river left as you enter the chutes. I had to fish a boat from there once...
At 250, there's a fun little wave at the bottom of the chute, check it out!!
I'll be paddling deckers with my pops this weekend, and you and your crew are more than welcome to join!
For what it's worth, I puked the night after paddling Deckers the past two times...so it's probably worth sleeping with a bucket next to your bed after the float!