This year I decided that the main thing holding my dad and I back are his intimidation of bigger whitewater. I decided to step things down several notches and stick to class I-II for a while to focus on developing basic paddling skills. Once we get better as paddlers, we can get back into harder whitewater and be safer and more confident. We jumped the gun in our progression and it is my fault for being a daredevil. My dad is a daredevil as well which REALLY doesn't help when planning trips. Our recent "baby river" trip where we work hard on ferrying, surfing, eddying, bracing, etc is here:
Also, at Randaddy, you make some great points and I will be looking into those concerns. Thanks for the advice.