Capsizing or swamping your boat can be a very dangerous situation out on the water. There are a few things to consider to prevent capsizing or swamping and some rules of thumb if you find yourself in that situation:
First and foremost, you should have a float plan in place. This will allow others to locate you if you do not return to shore at the planned time.
Also, never have your anchor off the back of the boat (the stern). Your anchor should always be off the front of the boat (the bow).
If your boat should capsize or become swamped, in most circumstances, you should stay with your boat. The reasons for staying with your boat include the fact that rescuers will be looking for a boat, and it’s easier to see a boat in the water than a person. If the boat does not sink, it helps as a floatation device and will help minimize fatigue while waiting to be rescued. If your boat is sinking fast, you will want to get away from it so that you do not get sucked down with it.
If you are unable to stay with the boat and you are in the water, the water temperature will almost certainly be much lower than your body temperature. A lower water temperature will cause your body heat to dissipate and hypothermia will begin to create a potentially fatal condition. If you are with other people in the water, huddle together to generate warmth. If you are alone, you should “ball up” to trap your body heat.
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