Even the most experienced swimmers can find themselves in a situation where something has gone wrong and they start to drown. That’s why it’s crucial to know what to do and what NOT to do in this scenario. One day, this knowledge might save your life.
For example, when a person is drowning, they need to fight not the water but their instincts. The thing is, when somebody feels that they aren’t in control of the situation, they start to flail as hard as they can. By panicking, they make themselves submerge deeper and deeper. As a result, they get exhausted quickly and can’t stay afloat long enough to wait for help. Do you wanna know more about it? Then watch the video!
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- With regards to the US, there were approximately 3,500 unintentional fatal drownings a year from 2005 to 2014. This means that approximately 10 people lost their lives in the water every day!
- When somebody feels that they aren’t in control of the situation, they start to flail as hard as they can. By panicking, they make themselves submerge deeper and deeper. As a result, they get exhausted quickly and can’t stay afloat long enough to wait for help.
- Let’s see how to tread water correctly. Your body has to stay upright, and your head should be above the surface. You need to move your arms and legs to keep yourself afloat. You can use your arms and legs together, just your legs, or just your arms.
- Remember that one of the most important things about treading water is being calm and breathing slowly. This way, you won’t get tired and will improve your energy efficiency as well.
- The second way to stay on the surface of the water until somebody comes to rescue you is to float on your back. This is the best way to calm yourself and breathe normally.
- When you exhale a deep breath, your body sinks into the water more deeply. This happens because the difference between the volume of air inside and outside the lungs is too great. That’s why the best way to stay afloat is to breathe in medium-sized lungfuls of air.
- Don’t hold your breath! This will lead to a build-up of CO2, and this won’t help you. On the contrary, you’ll get out of breath much sooner.
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