Chapter 5 X Accident Prevention and Rescue
PADDLING ON WHITEWATER Paddling on whitewater requires skill and experience. The added danger of moving water makes capsizing very dangerous. Prevention The crew should check the water flow and weather conditions before starting out. Be sure to have the proper life jackets and clothing for the weather and water conditions. Carry a throw bag and other safety equipment and know how to use them. Do not carry too many passengers on the raft or boat. The crew should be familiar with the basic rules of river safety. Do not paddle on rivers that are too swift or dangerous for your abilities. Know and practice the procedures for prevention of a “wrap.” This technique is known as a “highside.” Know hand signals. Know and practice the swimmer’s position, and swimming to an eddy. Self-Rescue If your boat capsizes or you fall overboard, stay on the upstream end of the craft. This prevents your chance of being pinned against obstacles in the water. Hold on to your boat unless it threatens your safety. Float on your back, feet-first downstream, to the nearest eddy or calm area. Keep your toes up out of the water. This position allows you to push away from obstacles and prevents your feet from getting caught in anything under the water.
Stop & Pull Over
Help or First Aid Needed
Are You OK? Yes, I’m OK
Pointing Positive “A Safe Place to Go”
California Course for Safe Boating
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