Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wading Safely

My buddy Gary, a big Spey guy, put me on to this video series over on It's a Simms video on wading safety. I found it to be worth the watch. Some of it I knew. Some stuff was new. A bit slow to get started and the music annoys me; but overall a good refresher. The video is divided into six parts.

As far as recommended technique, you won't find me hopping across deep water anytime soon. And I'm a bit disturbed that they left the poor guy who got his foot stuck, stuck there without a resolution.

But other than that, worth a watch. Just don't get your foot stuck in water deeper than your arms are long. If so, you're screwed.


  1. Hah! I thought the same thing! Now I'm going to have to look at water a whole new way... shorter than my arms, longer than my arms...
    I did learn a thing or two... but you won't find me hopping my folks' pool with my waders on just to practice.... and I think I'll skip the buddy wading too... I'll leave it for you guys to practice :)

  2. I did buddy wading once and it worked out really well. Three people in a triangle formation moving across heavy, waist deep water. The person at the apex of the triangle breaks the current the other two sit in his eddy holding him up. Then they all shuffle across the river together. I was surprised at how well it worked.

  3. Another question is: Wading staff upstream or downstream? I've been advised on both.