Six Steps to Surviving a Waterfall


At some point in your life, you may find yourself in a situation where you are floating down a river with a swift current headed straight for a giant waterfall.  Most people have not received the adequate training required to survive a trip over a waterful, so it’s extremely important to prepare for such an experience.  There are six simple steps required (other than the obvious need to be able to swim) in order for you go over a waterfall safely.

Waterfalls are extremely dangerous and potentially deadly. Knowing how to survive a trip down one is a must.

1) Take a deep breath just before going over the fall.  The water is probably pretty deep at the foot of the fall, so it might be a few seconds before you surface after the fall.

2) Go feet first. You need to make sure that you don’t hit your head on anything at the base of the waterfall.  Also make sure that once you are airborne  that you try not to flail.  Instead, try to make your body as tight as possible.

3) Jump off the edge of the fall. You want to make sure to clear the rocks that may be at the very base of the waterfall.

4) Protect your head. Try wrapping your arms around your skull to shield it from any impact.

5) Swim as soon as you hit the water. Swimming will help keep you from going to far underwater.

6) Swim downstream as soon as possible. You want to avoid being pounded by falling water or even drug under.

Video tutorial coming soon… maybe.

5 Replies to “Six Steps to Surviving a Waterfall”

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  2. Excellent Blog.

  3. Steven,

    Well written and informative ‘Six Steps to Surviving a Waterfall.’

    Our son is more likely to need it than me as he is an adventurous type in the outdoors. I will pass it on to him.

    I came to your blog from the photo of the waterfall, which came up in a search.

    May I have your permission to use the photo on my website?

  4. R.I.P. trying to make a video tutorial.

  5. Hi guys, I really need to find out the name of this waterfall? If it is an actual waterfall somewhere or just a painting.

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