If you wanna know how to escape drowning when your hands are tied, the lessons from former Navy SEAL, Clint Emerson, shouldn’t be missed.
Emerson who served in the US Navy for 20 years said that the best chance of survival while your hands are tied is to breath in a controlled way as lungs with full of air make the body float better.
Emerson unveils his techniques of survival in his book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.
Emerson also advises that panicking reduces one’s chances of survival drastically because ‘Panicking, often leads to hyperventilation which is the number-one enemy to survival. One of the methods Emerson recommends is the ‘sinking and bouncing approach’.
Sink and bounce
‘In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale,’ Clint wrote in his book.
Full body rotation method
“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 travelling forward,” he wrote in his book.
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