Sea Survival | Why Floating Is Better Than Swimming?

Survival at sea could be summed up in the saying “sink or swim”, and that’s common sense, right? In practice, however, it is more likely that swimming, rather than swimming, will save you from drowning in open water. Read on as we explain the reasons behind this.

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Swimming instead of swimming because:

1. Swimming puts a strain on your body

This can be against common sense. But yes, the most likely chance of drowning is if you try to swim immediately after falling into the water. Increased exercise will tire your heart and body more quickly, which can be dangerous in stressful circumstances.

2. Swimming puts your lungs at riskBusinessman drowning in sea-ocean survival

Swimming, especially in a panic, is most likely to increase the chances of you drowning. When you swirl around in the water, fluid can get into your lungs. Before you sink to the bottom of the sea, you will first die by suffocation on the surface.

3. Swimming will decrease your buoyancyDrowning human, body in deep water sea survival

Your dry clothes will act as an air trap by default. These small fuel bags make you swim in the water. However, by swimming you decrease your ability to float once wet.

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4. Swimming increases the cold shockMan splashing water during summer vacation lake survival

Cold shock is extreme mental and physical stress caused by low temperatures. It often occurs when suddenly immersed in open water. When you swim, your skin cools faster, making the body more prone to cold shock and decreasing your ability to think clearly under pressure.

Note: It only takes less than 60 seconds for the cold shock to take effect when your body is submerged in water below 15 ° C.

5. Swimming attracts predatorsShark encounter, large school of sharks that patrol underwater to survive

Studies show that sharks often attack people they misunderstand as smaller marine animals. These predators interpret uncoordinated movements in the water as prey. Instead of beating yourself up after falling into the sea, keep calm and calm.

Note: Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Shark Research Program, says these attacks are generally “false identity” cases.

However, keeping calm in stressful situations is easier said than done. Still, these traits are of paramount importance to marine survival. By learning how to swim, you will also train your mind and body to respond to marine emergencies.

Tips for swimming on the water:

  • Keep your head upright.
  • Breathe in normal sequences.
  • Spread your arms and legs to maintain balance.
  • Paddle your limbs with steady movement.
  • Relax your mind and your body will follow.

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With these basic but essential facts about marine survival, you’ll be better prepared if a disaster strikes. Practice your swimming skills as often as you can!

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I am by no means an expert in every aspect of this stuff. I plan to learn, and when possible, enlist the help of experts in various fields to come together and offer their knowledge. In a few years, I dream that this site will be a virtual survival encyclopedia and allow a total novice to come on here and be supplied with everything they need to prepare for anything.

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