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Rio Vista Swift Water Rescue Training, photo by TRPA member Chuck Babb

Top 10 River Safety Tips

  1. Tell someone where you are going, when you expect to return, and where to call if you don’t.
  2. Make sure that your water skills and experience are equal to the river and the conditions.
  3. Never boat alone. Always have at least one (preferably two) other boats with you on a river trip.
  4. Wear a Coast Guard approved type III-V, properly adjusted life jacket at all times when you are in or near the river.
  5. Know your limits of swimmers rescue and self rescue on rivers.
  6. Know when and how to swim for the eddy.
  7. Reduce injuries by wearing protective foot wear and proper clothing designed for river recreation.
  8. Be prepared for extremes in weather, especially cold.
  9. Know about hypothermia and how it can affect you.
  10. Plan your trip and stick to your plan.

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