5. RUN THE RAPIDS
Follow the “tongue” created by the main channel. From boater’s vantage, it looks like an inverted V and is often obvious in easy-to-moderate rapids; it will push you in the desired direction. When in doubt, paddle hard to move faster than the current, which will help you maintain control. 6. STAY SAFE >> Practice self-rescue, such as escaping a flipped boat and righting it. Also rehearse group-rescue skills, like using ropes to reach a trapped victim. >> When swiming, keep near the boat. It makes you visible. But stay upstream of it, lest it slam you. >> If you get tossed, float on your back— feet up and pointing downstream with legs bent, ready to absorb impact and push off objects. Swim ashore. >> If you can’t avoid a strainer, crawl-stroke aggressively to it and launch over it.
>> Signal for help with three long whistle blasts.