This project is funded by the Victorian Government
using recreational fishing licence fees and has been prepared by the Ballarat Fly Fishers
Club. The aim of this video is to demonstrate to
anglers some basic water safety techniques and importantly how to swim safely to the
shore should you be unfortunate enough to fall in the water.
New topic is introduced called �Know your gear� against a plain beige background.
There are a variety of waders to choose from for fishing including thigh, boot foot, stocking
foot and wader pants. Choose your waders carefully to not only meet your fishing requirements,
but when buying waders consider your safety should you fall in the water.
A common misconception of waders is that once filled they will pull you under. However,
in reality, some waders depending on what they�re made of will help you to float.
It is important to remember that water filled waders will not drag you under because the
water inside your waders is the same density as the water outside.
Waders keep you dry and warm whilst in the water. However, if you happen to fall in they
will fill. Use the wader waste cord or a suitable wader belt to trap air in your waders and
slow the flow of water into your waders. Air trapped in your waders together with your
body fat and air in your lungs will assist in keeping you buoyant. Make sure the wader
belt is secure before you enter the water. breathable waders, like all waders, also require
a wader belt. Neoprene is the most buoyant wader material.
Wearing neoprene booties will not only keep your feet warm, but will provide additional
buoyancy for your legs. Select wader boots that have some buoyancy
and will protect your feet as well as provide grip on slippery surfaces.
PFD�s or personal flotation devices are essential when fishing in hazardous situations,
such as fast flowing or deep rivers. When wearing a PFD, make sure it is a snug
fit and always on the outside of your clothing. Make sure all the buckles and straps are tight
to stop the PFD coming off in the water. Check your PFD regularly and ensure you are familiar
with its operation. In addition, snug fitting cuffs will trap
more air and provide additional buoyancy. It is a good idea to test your gear in a safe
and controlled environment. if you accidentally fall in the water, try
to stay calm. Remember you will float to the surface because your body is buoyant and air
trapped trapped in your waders will assist you in floating. Lay on your back with your
legs outstretched. This will help you to float on the surface.
With your thumb and fingers clasped tightly, angle your hands at about a 45 degree angle,
opposite to each other, and move your arms in slow wide strokes across your body.
it might be useful to practise this technique in a swimming pool or still water, to get
used to the action. once you have controlled your buoyancy and
are in calmer waters, you can make your way to safety by swimming head first on your back.
traditional swimming strokes are inefficient and tiring when waders and fishing gear. These
fishing clothes create extra drag which will quickly exhaust you.
remember, when exiting, water filled waders are heavy and awkward on land.
A fast flowing current over slippery terrain can be dangerous. Tread carefully and use
a wader stick for support. Remember to wear your PFD in potentially dangerous waters.
if you do get caught in a current, lay on your back and inflate your PFD. Face your
feet downstream using your arms and legs to protect you from obstacles until you can find
a safe place to exit. Use the current to your advantage. Ferry glide your body by facing
your feet towards the opposite bank you wish to land, and use the current to push your
body to the bank. This technique could help you, especially if the river is wide and the
current strong. use a wader belt every time you wear waders.
Use a PFD in potentially dangerous waters. If you do fall into the water, stay calm and
try not to panic. Scull with your hands at 45 degree angles. Use slow wide strokes. And
swim on your back conserving your energy. most importantly, know your gear well and
practise these techniques in a safe environment. It could save your life.