During the autumn I have had a focus on safety, with risk management etc. One of the most risky activities will be the river crossing. If you have the possiblity you should reconaissance the river you are going to cross. If not, you really shall have good knowledge and skills for doing it. First of all: avoide Excessive river flow and volume, Excessive river width. Find a Place were it is shallov and easy to cross(often the river is broad here) cross it diagonal, dont fight the current. If you are a Group you can use Mutual support, and grab each other. Or if you are skilled with rope tecniques you also can use a rope for safety. But this is for proffesionals.
The x-mas gift suggestion of the day will be a book.
See ya tomorrow