No one needs to be reminded that the threat of drowning is very real and dangerous. However, if you're able to take precautions AND learn what to do to prevent panic...
via: Guff...you'll not only be safer, but you'll also be more comfortable and relaxed in pools and oceans. Navy SEALs go through intense training to survive in the water, and one of them is sharing the tips and techniques with the world.
His name is Clint Emerson, and he's published a survival book to address many different life-threatening situations.
via: GuffIt's called 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.
He discusses surviving even when restrained.
via: GuffHe writes in his book, "Instead of being taken to trial, he will likely simply be made to 'disappear' — which is why operatives practice escaping while wearing undefeatable restraints on hands and feet, both in water and on land."
via: Guff"Tied up, thrown into open waters, and left to drown to death, the well-trained operative still has recourse to a few skills that can help extend his life until he is found or reaches solid ground."
The Key to Survival
via: Guff"When it comes to self-preservation in water, the key to survival is breath control. With the lungs full of air, the human body is buoyant — so deep breaths and quick exhales are key."
Know Your Environment
via: Guff"Buoyancy in freshwater is more challenging but still achievable. Panicking, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival."
Use shallow water to your advantage...if you can.
via: Guff"Restraints and body positioning may make breathing a challenge, but repositioning is always within the Nomad's grasp. In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach...to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale."
Kick like your life depends on it because it does.
via: Guff"When facing down, whether floating in place or using a backward kicking motion to swim to shore, the operative should arch his back in order to raise his head above water."
Try this in rough water...
via: Guff"In rough seas, this may not give him enough clearance to get his head out of water. Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue traveling forward."
This graphic serves as a helpful visual guide based on circumstances, so learn it.