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RIVER SAFETY SERIES

How to Swim Safely in Whitewater


Hey there, Simon here from AQ Outdoors, bringing you a quick tutorial on navigating the waters safely during whitewater swimming. This guide is tailored for newer whitewater paddlers, focusing on key techniques to avoid potentially dangerous situations, especially the perilous foot entrapment.

The Dangers Of Foot Entrapment

One of the most hazardous scenarios in whitewater is foot entrapment, where your foot gets snagged on an underwater obstacle, leaving you face down and unable to breathe. Despite its dangers, avoiding foot entrapment is surprisingly simple, and in this tutorial, we'll explore both defensive swimming positions and more aggressive strategies.

Defensive Swimming Position

The first technique involves adopting a defensive posture. Keep your toes up, raise your bum, and face downstream, ensuring everything stays clear of the river bottom. This defensive stance acts as a preventive measure against potential entanglements.

Aggressive Swimming Strategy

Moving beyond defense, we introduce a more proactive approach. Aim to reach an eddy where you can transition to a front crawl. Propel yourself aggressively, keeping your feet up and kicking. This strategy allows you to navigate safely through the river and potentially reach calmer waters.

Staying safe on the water

In summary, whether adopting a defensive or aggressive approach, the key is to keep your feet clear of the river bottom. As you progress to more challenging whitewater, swimming becomes more dynamic, but the fundamental principle remains the same—keeping your feet up for enhanced safety. If you have any comments, tips, or questions, feel free to share them in the comments section on the video. Don't forget to subscribe if you found this video helpful. Have fun and stay safe on the water!

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