Fishing waders are essentially waterproof pants with built-on boots that allow an angler to walk in shallow water while remaining dry and relatively warm. Chest waders allow you to get in water above the waist; however, there are precautions that must be taken to prevent drowning. If you wade in deep enough where water flows over the top of the waders they can quickly fill with water and pull you under. Watch where you walk, be safe and catch some dinner.
Open the waders to expose the openings to the boots. Slide your feet inside the boots and pull the boot tops around your calves to seat your feet properly. Stand and pull the waders up while sliding each arm through a shoulder strap.
Enter the stream or river in a gently sloping area with a firm bottom. When walking in the water keep the water level at least 8 to 10 inches below the height of the waders. Examine the bottom of the body of water around you and watch where you are stepping to ensure your safety.
Avoid sharp objects that could puncture or cut the waders. Pay attention to each step to avoid slicing the waders and filling them with water. Stay away from large, jagged rocks, broken glass and shards of metal.
Avoid loose rocks that may trap your feet. Place your feet on top of large rocks as you walk in the water. Apply your weight gradually to test the footing security before attempting to balance your full weight on any surface.
Avoid soft silt and mud that may trap your feet. Remain in firm, rocky areas when using waders. If the waters becomes trapped or snagged, remain calm. Disconnect the shoulder straps and pull yourself free of the boots. Step back onto firm footing and pull the waders loose by hand. Dump the water and debris from your waders and walk to shore before attempting to don the waders again.