Originally Posted by tellutwurp
does it make a difference if they are river hardened kayakers, taking a leisurely stroll in a raft.
Here is an opinion.
I am a long time kayaker been rowing as well for a few years. My first real river to row was the Middle Fork and I was scared ****less day one and last day and several times in between. I would not recommend the Middle Fork for a first time rower unless conditions are ideal. I was lucky on day one and last day to have a experienced Middle Fork rafter to ride in the bow and coach me on where to go etc. Also we had an ideal level not low and not big.
Being a experienced kayaker helps because you know how to read water. That is where it ends tho.
I found rowing lines to be way different than kayak lines.
In kayaks on most runs there are options, if you do not like your line you can change it and finding a eddy to stop and scout is easy.
In rafts, you make up your line way in advance and most of the time you have to stick with it. Finding and hitting eddies is a lot harder in a raft.
Bottom line kayak experience is a good thing, but rafts do not handle at all like kayaks and for me at least it took some time, going to guide school and coaching from experienced rowers to get comfortable rowing.