Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat expert Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide as well as R3: Rescue for River Runners—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on at the beginning of every month. Here, in Episode Three, Coffey covers effective swimming principles and gear management safety tips to put to use on the river.

Next up: Throw-rope skills. [Click HERE to see Episode One: Getting Started, and HERE to see Episode Two: Group Dynamics]