Call me a fraidy cat, but it is MHO that nobody who, by their own admission, is "pretty clueless about the actual sailing part," should be hoisting a spinnaker on their own for the first time.
The Admiral and I each had some sailing experience before we bought our new-to-us Pearson P30 last season. (She on a 7m wood dinghy. Me as crew on a Pearson P28, many years ago.) We both took ASA 101 and 103 courses before buying the boat. We've had about a half season on her. I'm very anxious to fly the kites that came with the boat. We're not going to do it yet, because we're still "becoming one" with the whole sailing thing. When we feel we are ready to give it a go, we'll tap one of our fellow club members to go out with us and show us how it's done.
I'm not afraid of the spinnaker, but I do respect its increased demands.