In a capsizesituation, it is generally best to stay with the boat. In calm conditions, evena flooded boat will float, and hanging onto it will help you stay on thesurface. The boat also has all your supplies, so don't abandon it unless youabsolutely need to. If the boat is caught in a fast current, and staying withit means you'll be swept into danger, let go and swim for the nearest solidground. Otherwise, stay with the boat. This is especially important if you'reoffshore and search efforts by aircraft and other boats are underway. Rescuerscan spot a capsized canoe or kayak from a distance far more easily than theycan a person floating alone.