Difficulty in the Water?

When Having Difficulty in Water

The RNLI's campaign 'Float to Live' outlines five simple steps that could potentially save your life should you get into difficulty when in the water.

If you find yourself without the correct or proper life-saving materials, such as a lifejacket or a buoancy aid, it is imperative that you know what to do should an emergency in the water occur. Being prepared and making sure others around you are aware of what to do could be the difference between drowning and surviving, so read these five steps and visit the RNLI's website to stay up-to-date on their water safety advice: https://rnli.org/safety

The following steps have been taken from the RNLI's 'Float to Live' advice guide:

1. Tilt your head back, with your ears submerged.

2. Relax and try to breathe normally. Cold water shock could cause you to hyperventilate, panic, and inhale water, so as much as you can, try to control your breathing.

3. Move your hands to help you stay afloat.

4. It's okay if your legs sink; we all float differently. Remember to keep your head tilted back and your ears submerged.

5. Spread your arms and your legs to improve stability.

Floating is a vital skill that could keep you alive while the emergency response is on its way. Remember these steps and share them with loved ones so that they know what to do if they get into difficulty in the water.

If you see someone in trouble in the water, do not enter the water to try and rescue them; you risk endagering your own life. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard, and alert any lifeguards if they are present on your beach.



8th August 2023

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