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branches) can be deadly to swimmers, so take care to avoid these when approach- ing the shore. If the shoreline looks dangerous or seems difficult to reach safely, continue downstream in the defen- sive swimming position (feet first) until you spot a safer escape route.


Be Prepared Experts recommend that eyeglass


wearers use a retaining strap and keep a spare pair in a protected pouch or pocket. Also, consider clipping a sheathed river knife (with a blunt tip) onto your PFD to use in case of rope entanglement. Keep a length of coiled rope inside


a throw bag mounted on a waist belt or strapped to your PFD. You can toss one end to a potential rescuer if need be. And, if you can’t swim, don’t raft. ¿


JOSH PIVEN is co-author of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series. Visit his Web site at joshpiven.net.


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