Retired Navy Seal Clint Emerson has become a bestselling author for his book titled ‘100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.” In this book, he goes over tons and tons of self-defense tactics that could benefit us all!
Among all of the wonderful tips, he has to off one of them explains what to do when drowning and how to survive it all together. He claims that whether you are in a shallow pool or fighting against the raging sea his advice will work if you follow it correctly. Surviving something like drowning all seems to come down to proper breathing control techniques.
While most people would panic in a situation like this, you should do your best not to. Panicking makes it much harder to control your breathing. Emerson says that instead of panicking one should work to reposition their body so that it is ‘sinking and bouncing.’ He also suggests that if need be rotating the body will help push it in a forward motion without suffering from a standstill position. We must always be prepared for an emergency.
“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. In rough seas, this may not give him enough clearance to get his head out of the water. Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue traveling forward.”
Following Emerson’s advice will help you in any situation. To hear some of Emerson’s survival tips check out the video below. If you want to purchase his book you can do so by clicking here.