Note. River travel may be faster and save energy when hypothermia is not a factor. It may be a primary mode of travel and LOC in a tropical environment (use with caution if evading).
a. Use flotation device (raft, log, bamboo, etc.).
b. Use a pole to move the raft in shallow water.
c. Use an oar in deep water.
d. Stay near inside edge of river bends (current speed is less).
e. Keep near shore.
f. Watch for the following DANGERS:
g. Consider using a flotation device when crossing rivers or large/deep streams.
(2) Sweepers (overhanging limbs and trees).
(3) Rapids (DO NOT attempt to shoot the rapids).
(5) Hazardous animals.