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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsizing

Capsizing or keeling over occurs when a boat or ship is turned on its side or it is upside down in the water. The act of reversing a capsized vessel is called righting. If a capsized vessel has enough flotation to prevent sinking, it may recover ... Most small craft intended as lifeboats with rigid (rather than inflatable) hulls ...

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Float on your back on the upstream side of the craft.

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Increase Your Safety and Fun With Paddling Instruction ... Standing up or moving around in a small craft can cause it to capsize—a leading cause of fatalities ...

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Unit 4: Operating Your Pleasure Craft ... Safely. Topic 1: Responsibilities of a .... If you should capsize or swamp your pleasure craft, or if you have fallen ... oar, towel, or other object to REACH out to the victim and pull him or her to safety. ... If you must swim, take along anything that floats to keep between you and the victim.

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If you should capsize or swamp your boat, or if you have fallen overboard and ... the stern, keeping the weight in the boat balanced, especially in small boats.

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If you capsize in swift water, follow these guidelines. Float on the upstream side of your craft. You can be crushed on the downstream side if you run into an ...

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Exceeding your craft's capacity will make it unstable and will let water come in over ... In a small boat, evenly distribute and balance the weight of all passengers  ...

www.realworldsurvivor.com/2015/04/01/capsized-how-to-stay-alive-in-open-water

Apr 1, 2015 ... If your boat or ship capsizes in water too deep to stand up in and you end up ... a raft or even a partially submerged small boat, but seeing your head bobbing ... that might make a safe, easy meal, including whatever is floating or ... deck in an upright vessel, you probably aren't going to find your way upside ...

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Because of their safety reputation, inflatable boats are now essentially the standard for ... and people standing up in the boat are not going to cause the craft to capsize. ... If using a motor, keep your hands away from the propeller and be sure ... can create problems with debris floating in the water or hidden under the surface.

www.boaterexam.com/blog/2011/03/sinking-ship-survival-guide.aspx

Mar 13, 2011 ... Boating Safety and Safe Boating Blog ... You've obtained your boat license and are now ready to venture out for ... But would you know what to do if you were on a sinking ship? ... When it comes to ocean survival, floating is everything. ... Screaming and running is the quickest way to get yourself killed.