Outdoor Skills - Survival

One More River to Cross
Safety Around Running Water

Gauging Depths

Safe for 1 person
wading with a stick

Safe for 2 or more
working together

Seriously think about
another crossing


Other Crossing Options

Water Safety Procedures

Safely enter canoe or boat
Keep your center of gravity low & move in slowly, transferring your weight to the bottom center of boat. Reverse maneuver to exit.


If you fall or get swept away...

Float on your back, keep your feet up in front of you.
Don't try to stand in fast water.
Use your hands to maneuver until you reach shallower water.
Use your feet to push off obstacles. Falling into cold, deep water can result in hypothermia.


Flash floods: Don't camp or hike in bottoms of canyons or deep arroyos. Water travels fast - if it's raining upstream you can be flooded even if the sky is clear overhead. Watch the Weather!


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