aelfgifu (aelfgifu) wrote in little_details,

River swimming query

I have a scene in which a strong swimmer jumps into a river from a dock and then tries to swim back. I was told that was impossible, because not even the strongest swimmer could swim back to a spot in a river unless he could stand on a sandbar.

First, can anyone tell me if the above is true, and secondly, is there any way a person could jump into a river from a dock and get back to that dock against the current (swimming, or thrown a rope?). I grew up an ocean swimmer and have never ever swam in a river. None of my surf-swimming rules seem to apply! Any interesting details on river swimming would be of great interest and appreciated!

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