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I only paddle rivers Class I and sometimes a low class II, but on moving water $hi+ happens. I can use mine, practice a time or two a year. I believe I used it in a situation 6 times in the last 2 years? Usually it's less than once a year. One time this year I ALMOST didn't bring it since the water level was less than 200 cfs. Glad I reconsidered as Boyscout and I had to rescue some folks that day.
2nd try? Never timed it because I've always been in a hurry. Probably less than 30 seconds depending upon distance? I coil some around the throw bag when re-throwing.
Many people on class I streams don't wear PFD's and think they are perfectly safe. It's too bad I can't show them some scenarios we've bailed people out of. They'd be donning their PFD's if they did.