10 survival tips that can save your life


7. Go over places where the water is deep and slow, not where the water is shallower and moves faster

cross a river

Crossing the river seems easy, but you have to be careful. The safest crossing points are usually straight sections between river bends. The faster the water flow, the shallower the safe crossing. You can always throw a stick and see how fast the water is going, but if you’re in doubt, remember that it’s better to go over deep, slow water than fast, shallow water.


If you’re crossing, always face upstream, let the water flow toward you, and lean forward slightly, keeping your feet shoulder-width apart. If you’re crossing alone, bending your knees to lower your center of gravity and setting up a third point of contact will keep you safe.

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