Most of us drift through life pretty easily. Occasionally, something pops up forcing us to think outside of the box and do something we’re not too accustomed to but only rarely. However, things can be very different if you’re a Navy Seal.
1. Clint Emerson is a former Navy Seal who has written a book about 100 vital skills learnt in the U.S. Navy, and I think it’s only fair to say that while incredibly insightful, it’s pretty terrifying at times too.
2. In this excerpt from Clint’s book, Clint explains what you should do if somebody tries to drown you – whether that be in anything from shallow water to a rough sea.
3. When an operative is captured in hostile territory, the odds of survival are low, which is why operatives practice escaping while wearing undefeatable restraints on hands and feet, both in water and on land.
4.One of the methods Emerson recommends is the sinking and bouncing approach.
5. Buoyancy in freshwater is more challenging but still achievable.
Panicking, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival, he says.
6. In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel toward shore
7. Ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale.
8. When facing down, whether floating in place or using a backward kicking motion to swim to shore.
9. The operative should arch his back in order to raise his head above water.
10. In rough seas, this may not give him enough clearance to get his head out of water. Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue travelling forward.
11. The idea is, that by travelling forward, hopefully the captured Seal will eventually find dry land, or at least somewhere they can free themselves from their restraints.
Either way, it’s still a terrifying thought – being completely tied up and left to ‘disappear’ in a bed of water.Thank God there’s guys like Clint around to show us what to do. Do not try this alone or in deep waters.