[VIDEO] 4Patriots Survival Minutes | 3️⃣ Water Crossing Tips

In this episode of 4Patriots "Survival Minutes" you'll discover how to safely navigate fast-flowing waters with former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley. With expert advice on finding the best crossing point, shedding unnecessary gear, and swimming effectively, you'll be equipped to handle any water crossing scenario like a true survivor.

The Inside Scoop 🎬:

  • Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley three shares survival tips for water crossing.
  • 1 - Find the narrowest point to cross, minimizing time in the water.
  • 2 - Remove backpack, coats, boots, and socks to ease swimming and preserve dry clothes for after crossing.
  • 3 - Slowly enter the water.
  • After crossing, immediately change into dry clothes to prevent hypothermia and regain body heat.

Transcript 🎞️: 

"Hi, this is Cade Courtley, former Navy SEAL, with your Four Patriots Survival Minutes on water crossing. Now, look, it's never a desirable thing to have to try and cross something like this. It's flowing fast and it's cold. You might find yourself in a situation where crossing water is literally your only option. So, if you find yourself in this situation, here's what you need to do to make sure you not only make it across but continue on without getting hypothermic.

Okay, so step one: you want to try and find the narrowest portion of whatever water you need to cross. It's for obvious reasons - the less you're in the water, the better. Step two: you're going to want to remove your backpack, remove any coats, your boots, and your socks. Not only is it going to make it easier to swim across this river, but when you get to the other side, you're going to want to be able to put dry stuff back on. If you enter this thing with a backpack, it's going to be ten times harder to cross. So, put all that stuff into your pack, zip it up, and toss your backpack to the other side of the river.

So, here's where you're at now: you're going to slowly enter the water. What you want to do is be in an aggressive fighting stance, so you have one foot in front and one in back, and you're facing the current. Before too long, likely, you are going to lose the ability to remain standing. That's when you put 150% of your effort into swimming - everything you got to get to that other side, hard as you can. 150% effort to get to that other side. As soon as you do, crawl out, and then immediately, if you're wearing a t-shirt, especially one that's cotton, we always say in the military, cotton kills. You know why? Because that will suck all of that warmth out of your body, and you need to keep that core temperature up. So, get rid of that t-shirt, get that coat back on, get those socks on, get those boots back on, and try and get moving as soon as possible, so you can regenerate any of that body core temperature that you lost as a result of being immersed in this river.

So, that is the best way to do a water crossing if there is no other option. So, you'd be a Survivor, not a statistic. Cade out. That's your latest Four Patriot Survival Minute. Now, be sure to subscribe to this channel so you can see my latest survival minutes every time they're ready. And please like this video and share these tips with people you care about, so you can be a Survivor, not a statistic. Cade out."

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