What to Do if You Capsize While Paddling
If you capsize in swift water, follow these guidelines.
- Float on the upstream side of your craft. You can be crushed on the downstream side if you run into an obstruction.
- Do not attempt to stand or walk in swift-moving water. The current could pull you under if your foot becomes trapped between submerged rocks.
- Float on your back with your feet and arms extended. Float with your feet pointed downstream to act as a buffer against rocks. Don't fight the current. Use the current to backstroke your way to shore.
- If the water is cold, take all necessary precautions to avoid hypothermia.