Originally Posted by NolsGuy
Thumbs up to you and your wife dealing with a scary and stressful situation. I agree that a rescue course is wise and would suggest Mike Mather.
Here is his webpage with his email address. I've now take two of his courses and highly recommend him.
Mather Rescue - Index
I just took his course a few weeks ago, and I agree. He's great, and it's a very worthwhile class. One I hope to never have to use! Just taking it does make you think about the river in new wyas though, and at least gets you thinking about what you should do iin a given situation.
Don't just take the course though, practice it! I just took my familly and my sister's familly down the Lower Eagle this weekend. We discussed self rescue, talked about things like foot entrapment, threw the throw bag around, etc. It kept the kids occupied during the shuttle time if nothing else. Later this summer when we get out on the Colorado in warmer water and weather, we'll be doing some swimming and more bag throwing. I want my kids to be better equipped than I was when I was a kid.
Like those that posted before me, I applaud your instincts and your rescue. PFD or not, throw bag or not, you probably saved a life, and that's something to be proud of. I am sure it shook you up, but take that lesson and get right back out there, having a great experience and lesson in your back pocket. A very experienced guide friend of mine told me just this weekend that the best thing you can do after something like that is get back out there.