This past weekend we were out on The Green, and a friend of ours had to swim from his kayak.  We all take a swim from time to time, and it is important to know how to react when the inevitable happens. Here is a basic list of actions to take:

1.  Get the swimmer out of the water.  Don’t worry about the boat, paddle, or other floating gear until the swimmer is safe and on shore.

2. Communicate with the group.  Don’t try the lone ranger technique; always work as a team out there.

3. Don’t run on the bank.  Slips and falls on the bank cause more injuries than paddling.

Check out the handy work of the paddlers in this video and stay tuned as we get into more detail about river safety.