How to survive if you are trying to drown: the advice of the "sea seal"

Most of us have a pretty measured life. We walk along the same streets, visit the same places and rarely find ourselves outside our “habitat” and do what we were completely unprepared for.

However, if you serve in the military, everything can be quite different.

Clint Emerson - a former "fur seal" (US Navy) recently wrote a book about the 100 skills necessary for survival. In one chapter, Clint explains what you should do if someone tries to drown you, regardless of whether you are in shallow water or at sea.

Here is what he writes:

“If a fighter was captured in enemy territory, then the chances of survival are very small.

Most likely he will not be brought to trial, but simply forced to "disappear." That is why we were taught to break free from the shackles on our hands and feet, whether on the water or on land.

Even a tied and thrown into the water fighter has a chance of survival if he has the necessary skills.This knowledge will help him reach land or at least hold out on the water until help arrives. ”

So how do you stay alive?

"When it comes to survival in the water, the key to victory is the control of breathing. With light air-filled, the human body has good buoyancy - so deep breaths and quick exhalations are key.

In fresh water it is much more difficult to maintain good buoyancy than in saline, but this is achievable. Panic, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number one enemy.

The shackles and position of the body can make breathing difficult, but the position can always be changed. If you are in shallow water, use diving and bouncing tactics (see picture below) to get to the shore. Inhale at the top point and push off at the bottom, preferably in the direction of land.

If you are on the stomach, then there is another way to swim. It is necessary to bend the legs in the knees, pressing to the stomach, and then with the maximum force to straighten them (as if pushing away from the water) and bend the back. This tactic will allow you to take a breath and move in the direction of the coast.

However, in the stormy sea, this may be difficult.