Be Smart. Be Prepared. Be Safe.
I know this should go without saying, but... With Colorado runoff slow in coming, folks have been anxious to get on the water. Runoff is now in full swing and rivers are flowing big, fast and pushy and the water is cold.
I have been out rafting on the Eagle and Arkansas the past few weeks and my friends and I have been wearing dry suits, helmets and of course good-fitting PFDs and have been glad for it. We have stopped to check on shivering swimmers after a flip, including kids in shorts without helmets. Bad idea. Lots of shivering people at Hecla.
Lots of people posting "should I or shouldn't I" questions here right now, and ultimately that is a decision that is up to you. Especially with kids in the mix. If you are asking on the internet, you probably already know the answer. If in doubt, consider stepping it down a notch or two or give it a couple of weeks until flows ease up. Self-rescue is the name of the game right now and a swim could be long and fierce, especially for youngsters.
If you are appropriately experienced, prepared and with a competent crew, then go get some. It is BIG fun.