Assessing a site for crossing

Once the decision has been made to cross, a suitable area should be chosen. Test the depth and the type of riverbed. Choose an area where the current is slowest. Remember it may be easier to wade across a pool that is 1.2 m deep than cross a narrow shoot that is 50 cm deep with fast-moving water. Choose an area with a suitable entry and exit point. Carefully consider what mishaps could occur during the crossing, and assess what action you could take in response. Where would a swept person end up? If possible, position a party member at this location to act as a safety person. Make sure there are no immediate dangers downstream.