Originally Posted by Osseous
It's spring time! Let's drag out the annual "waders fill with water and drag you down" myth.
Having said that- it's no fun to swim with heavy wading boots on. As long as you wear a life jacket and wading belt, waders aren't inherently dangerous. Wearing them in water deep enough to require actual swimming is not to your benefit because you'll tire more easily and swim less effectively because of the weight of your boots. Water inside waders weighs and floats things exactly the same as water outside the waders.
I'm not going to engage over this- the conversation comes up every year. Youtube has plenty of videos to show that waders aren't inherently dangerous when worn properly. Snug em up and cover the opening with a pfd to avoid billowing drag when you enter the water.
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This is dangerously bad advice.
This is not a myth:
Officials identify man who died in Boise River | KSL.com
It's also not the first time it has happened on this river.
It's also not a whitewater river.
Swimming in swiftwater is hard enough. Swimming in whitewater is harder. Swimming in cold water compounds the difficulty of both exponentially. There is no reason to risk adding to the risk by wearing gear that's not designed for these risks.
The buoyancy of water is irrelevant. Swimming in waders just makes swimming more difficult. Swimming in waders filled with water just makes swimming even more difficult. A wader belt is not going to keep water out in a rough or prolonged swim.
Unless your waders have a tunnel designed to mate with a drytop and keep water out, wearing waders unnecessarily adds risk. There's no good reason to ever wear any other kind of waders on whitewater.