Most of my life I've used rivers for transportation, and since I was usually carrying heavy loads, intentionally avoided whitewater. Occassionally encountered and managed to get through a short stretch of Class 3, but mostly, chose to portage around anything bigger. Now, I'd like to start learning how to have fun with a proper type raft, loaded only with the essential safety equipment, and 1-2 people*. (* First, with an experience guide and myself, then myself solo, and finally myself teaching one of my teenagers).
So, which is the best type of boat to learn on safely: 10-13' roundboat, 12-15' cataraft, tandem inflatable kayak, other?
p.s. - The wife & I have already signed up for a swift water rescue class.