Originally Posted by Loomis 1
As Ralph and Jason both said, in most circumstances a foot entrapment can be a no will situation if you are by yourself. As far as air trapped in your waders, air will be pushed up to above the water surface level. If you go down from waist deep there should not be enough trapped air to make a difference. If you go directly from the shore to a swim trapped air "could" be an issue.
As far as swimming in moving water, for the most part the video was accurate. Current swift water rescue protocal teaches and trains in the following techniques:
1. If the current is stronger than you can effectively swim out of, position yourself on your back, feet downstream, hips and feet up (to avoid foot entrtapment). Slowly paddle with your arms to steer towards calmer water.
2. Unless you get out of the strong current, do not attempt to stand up unless you can 1st stop yourself by grabbing the bottom with your hands (again, to lessen chance of foot entrappment).
3. If you encounter an log "strainer" that can't be avoided, roll over to your stomach, head downstream. Attempt to crawl up and over the obsticle. I don't know of any rescue team that currently trains to go into an obsticle feet 1st and walk across it, even though Ralph did it quite well in the video.
4. Stay on your back, feet downstream (which is refered to as the swimmer's position). Stay relaxed and search for an exit. When you see an area of slower current or an eddy, roll over and swim head 1st "hard". Hopefully by now you have already donated your rod!
I spent 28 years supervising a Sheriff Rescue Team. We had training and safety equipment that fishermen do not. Thinking and remaining calm may be all you have.