The most basic piece of wading everyone should know is how to safely wade the waters you fish. Even in warm water wading water should always be treated with respect.
- If wearing waders never wade in past your waist, simply don't do this. One slip or sudden drop off a rock could mean filling your waders and weighing you down. It is very hard to swim in thick waders filled with water. If you find yourself in a position where you can't swim with the waders simply un-button or snap them and wiggle free, losing waders is far better than the alternative.
- Make a mental map of where you waded into the water. In case you need to wade back out you know the footholds of rock and safe path of travel to get out.
- Avoid wading past your knees in areas where you can't see the bottom.
- Don't do anything that you don't feel uncomfortable with, if your gut says no then don't.