Jackdale is a sailing instructor, so he know of what he speaks.
However... I think some of these guys are making WnW sound scarier than it is. No, you don't need a whisker pole but it sure makes it easier. You can use a spinnaker pole too, it's just not adjustable.
Do it, just do it in lighter air. Don't do it in 20 kts of breeze. A gybe in air like that could clobber somebody or blow your mainsheet block apart (don't ask how I know
It's not hard, it just requires that you pay attention. WnW is not necessarily the time to check your text messages, or get into a lengthy conversation with crew.
You need to post some pictures. I miss my little Coronado.