How to Save Someone from Drowning

It is quite fun to go out with your family and friends to a public swimming pool and bond with them in the water, or if you have your own inground pool, invite friends to come over to have some small party and celebration. Swimming is surely a good way to enjoy and exercise your physical body while boosting up your mood and calming your senses.

Having a good functional swimming pool is really worth it especially when it is equipped with the latest technology like saltwater pool converter (if you have a resort in a beach), or a solar filtration that does not necessitate chemicals like chlorine.

However, no matter how technologically advanced your pool may be, there will always be some chances that you will fall prey to accidents and unexpected events. In our previous posts, we share with you some helpful tips to secure yourself whenever you do swimming. But how about when someone needs saving?

How do I know is someone is drowning?

It can be easy to be caught off guard as a drowning situation can just happen so quickly in just a blink of an eye, and if you are not observant enough, it may be difficult to spot someone drowning.

One of the ways to make sure someone needs help is to observe for a few seconds, and if the person cannot yell or speak anymore, that is the sigh that person is already having trouble. You can also look for signs which are the following:

  • Head back and mouth open – a drowning person may open their mouths while tilting their head back as if they are gasping for air and to struggle to breathe
  • Panicky movements – when a person thinks he/she is drowning, the person may bob quickly up and down and may signal the surrounding people that they are in trouble.
  • They stop kicking – you would know that a person is swimming when they are actively moving in the water and that involves kicking their feet and swinging their arms. However, when the person has already drowned and has no longer have the energy to kick, she/he may become still.

When assessing, it is also important to assess critically. It takes courage to try to help a drowning person as may be caught off guard and you may never be prepared to take action. But it is important to calm yourself enough and try hard to think clearly and act quickly. Also, do not help when you have inadequate tools or if you are not a good swimmer yourself. Ask for help from someone who is a better swimmer and who has the means to help and carry a person. If you try to save someone and it is beyond your capability you will end up causing more casualties and endangering yourself.

If they are in a pool, you can try to have access to personal floatation devices that you can throw to them to let for them to grab on and you can try to pull them out of the water. Again, if there are not available devices, you may ask for help if you think you are not capable of saving a person in the water.