When crossing deep swift rivers follow these tips:
Swim WITH the current
Keep your body horizontal as much as possible. This reduces your chances of getting pulled by an eddy current.
Fast Shallow Rapids
If you find yourself at fast and shallow rapids, do the following:
Lie on your back with toes pointed downstream.
Place your hands by your hips and find them to guide and help avoid obstacles.
I know this is contrary to what you may think, and I would encourage you to get more opinions, but you will do the following:
Lie on stomach
Point head downstream and toward the opposite shore (I know, I know)
Stay away from converging water or obstacles because they cause eddies and swirls
Swift Treacherous Streams
These are especially dangerous, and if you find yourself facing treacherous streams, follow these tips:
Remove clothing except your shoes to reduce drag.
Tie it into a bundle and attach to your pack or shoulders.
Make sure you can remove the pack if the water catches it, so you don’t get pulled.
Use a pole at about your height (ideally 6-7 ft). Place it upstream on the ground. It will break the incoming current and place a downward force on you.
Take small steps and keep good footing.
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