It is commonly believed that someone dressed in heavy clothing or waders will experience considerably more difficulty staying afloat if they fall overboard. This is not true. Air trapped in clothing provides flotation and bending the knees will trap air in waders. 

To stay afloat:

  • Remain calm. Do not thrash about or try to remove clothing or footwear. This leads to exhaustion and increases the loss of air that may keep you afloat.
  • Keep your PFD on.
  • Keep your knees bent.
  • Float on your back and paddle slowly to safety.