From 2005 to 2009, there were an average of 3,533 deaths in the US due to drowning. That works out at around 883 people per year. Even though water can be lifesaving, it can also be life threatening. If you don’t know how to swim, then you can drown, and because we all know that water doesn’t really have any breathable oxygen, you will most likely die.
So, just in case you find yourself in a drowning type of situation, former Navy Seal Clint Emerson is here to help you, as part of his bestselling book titled ‘100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.’ published in 2015.
Using his informative US Navy expertise, Clint, among many other potentially life saving methods, talks about saving yourself from drowning in his book.
As suggested by Clint, surviving being drowned comes down to proper breathing control techniques. As lungs fill with air, it’s crucial to deeply inhale, followed by swift exhales.
He claims that feelings of panic can cause hyperventilation, despite it being a natural reaction in a distressing situation. Repositioning the body can help with the natural tension.
If you’re facing downward then Clint suggests arching your back while you keep your head safely above the water, so that you can get occasional quick breaths of air.
In the case of a being held captive in a large body of water, Clint suggests that rotating the body will help push the body in a forward motion without suffering from a standstill position.
These techniques should hopefully help you in the (unlikely) event of you being in vast water and unable to save yourself from drowning.
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