Most of us drift through life pretty easily. Occasionally, somethings pop up forcing us to think outside of the box and do something...
Most of us drift through life pretty easily. Occasionally, somethings pop up forcing us to think outside of the box and do something we are too accustomed to, but only rarely.
It is important to know what to do if you fall into the water and can not swim, these few tips will help you float until any help arrives.
- Keep your head and arms in the water; Do not raise your hands and not to flail. Keeping your arms in the water displaces more liquid, and makes you more buoyant.
- Move your cupped hands through the water to push you towards the surface; Cupping your allows you to deliver more force in each stroke. Pushing downwards with your cupped hands will move your shoulders and head above the surface of the water.
- Keeping your legs at a normal gait and move them in a scissor motion; This pushes the water underneath you, and keeps you on the surface. The closer your legs are together, the more water they will displace, but you want to keep them far enough to not knock into each other.Think about a typical walking motion, and that will provide a good gauge. Kicking will also prevent your arms from tiring. That is, you will use your arms together with your hands, but that takes some coordination and practice. You can alternate the two while you get use to the motions. Alternatively, kicking and pushing with your arms allows you to stay buoyant for a longer period.
- Breathe in easy and regular breath; Keeping air in your lungs, will make you more buoyant and less likely to slip beneath the surface .Feeling like you could drown is a frightening experience, and can make you breath rapidly or hold your breath, but it is important to remain calm. Avoid hyperventilation and loss of oxygen will help you get back out of the water.
- Continue this pattern of the arm and feet movement until assistance comes; Let someone know you are in trouble, but stay calm as you wait for assistance. Repeat point (4) as you patiently wait for assistance.
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