Originally Posted by BullSCit
but I am scared to put them in a real boat. Would it be alright to let them try Browns in a duckie?
By "Real Boat" I presume you're talking either about a seal skinned Inuit kayak or the oak boats that Powell used because your plastic abomination is no more real than an inflatable kayak.
Running Browns with neophytes in boats of any kind largely depends on how much they, and you, know about whitewater boating. You may be a fine paddler and they may panic on the first swim through the smallest of holes. I'd say, at 400 cfs, it's quite manageable to many. First, put them in at the Salida or BV park, have them go through the holes and flip a few times to see if they're comfortable with the consequences. It's very common for new paddlers in inflatables (rafts and kayaks alike) to try and jump (with both feet planted firmly on the river bed) back into the boat after they flip or fall out. Not good!
I think inflatables are a great way to introduce beginners to kayaking. I ran my first one in 1988 and still think they're great... and very real!