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Course Outline

  • Inside Bend: On the inside bend of a river, slower moving water may form an eddy.
    • The area usually will be shallow and will hold and circulate debris in the eddy.
    • A river may develop strong dangerous eddies in high water and make a swimming escape challenging or impossible without assistance.
  • Outside Bend: On the outside bend of a river, the water is faster and deeper and will push the rescuer or boat into the bank. The bank can be undercut with exposed roots or strainers, forming entrapment situations.
Water dynamics illustrated on a river
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