Most of time, we take the act of breathing for granted. That is, of course, until it is interrupted and then we are sure that breath is the most important part of life! However, if you are ever unfortunate enough to be in a position of losing your breath, as in drowning, then you know that the most important thing is to not panic so that you can try to find your way back to breath. For that reason, we will tell you what the navy seals do to help keep you safe from drowning if you ever find yourself in restrained and under water. This is life saving stuff! So, let’s find out what the experts have to say. . .
The Navy Seals Are well trained in this technique.
This information comes from Clint Emerson who is a former Navy Seal who has written a book about 100 vital skills that he learned during his time with them.
He served for 20 years and the book is called 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operatives Guides.
In it, he explains what you should do when someone tries to drown you.
In shallow water or in rough sea, you can be protected.
This is what he has to say in his book:
“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.
Buoyancy in freshwater is more challenging but still achievable. Panicking, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival.
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 (see diagram below) to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale.
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.”
Here are the different positions to take when faced with a drowning situation:
Now, let’s see what he has to say about this in rough waters:
“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 travelling forward.”
According to him, this constant rotation will propel you forward while you have restraints on. In this fashion, you are more likely to find land or something else so that you can finally get the restraints off of your hands! Of course, none of us ever hope to be in such a situation but it ‘s nice to know that we are equipped with some knowledge about how to survive it.
These are the kinds of books that we should be reading, even if once in a while. That’s because we can never tell when we may find ourselves in a position to save our own lives and the first step in getting a handle on it is having the knowledge that it takes to not panic.