I was wondering just how many people had been taught this technique?
My personal experience in water rendered me incapable of submerging otherwise I would have to endure extreme pain due to the water seeping down my ear
For this reason I am making this thread, to show you a means of drown-proofing without going head under water and that to me makes more sense than
having to keep coming up for air.
While basically the same, there is one major difference. The original method was to keep the lungs inflated and breaths needed to be taken rapidly
when you did exhale. My method only requires you maintain that buoyancy through a chest expansion that your chest muscles can hold. ... and laying on
your back with your face above water.
Like a boat that is open on top the floatation comes from the displacement of water, not the amount of air you can contain. You can practice this easy
enough but being in the water is easier as you will find your natural point of self buoyancy.. it works like this...
take as deep a breath as you can and you will feel your chest cavity expand to accommodate the extra air. now exhale a little but keep your chest
expanded... a little practice and soon you will be able to circular breathe... inhaling and exhaling, at the same time... but that isn't necessary
to stay afloat.
All you need to do is train those chest muscles to keep your chest expanded without having air pressure expand it. Floating becomes effortless and
swimming is as easy as doing a slow backstroke. Your head should remain above water and your body will feel like it wants to live on top rather than
underneath the water.
The important thing is to remain calm.
While this would work for ideal conditions, any temperature variable that could induce hypothermia is still the more urgent issue and not merely a
matter of floating. If you can lose body heat then you will eventually succumb to the elements if left without heat. In cold water chances are your
muscles will cramp and drowning is inevitable unless you can get dry and warm. The amount of time you got depends on the severity but it can be as
little as mere seconds or as long as hours...depending upon how fast your body loses heat..
Heat loss will occur through the top of the head more readily than anywhere else in the body. All of your blood flows through your brain and the head
is less insulated.
Your best bet is to stay out of the water, but, if you have no choice then a good drownproofing method can increase your chances of survival.
At the very least you should teach your kids how to float anyway... giving them confidence in water might not be so good if they start thinking of
swimming over their heads and over-estimate their capability so make sure you DON'T leave them unattended... but do get them to see that they can
master their fears easily enough.
How many people really know how to swim for survival?