How to Survive in Water Without Knowing How to Swim

swimming in water

Imagine being trapped in water without knowing how to swim. The first feelings that come to mind are fear and anxiety. Knowing how to keep yourself afloat and safe in water without knowing how to swim will help to alleviate the stress of not knowing how to swim and help you focus on being able to survive.

Tips to Stay Afloat in Water

Some tips to help you manage being in water without knowing how to swim are:

  • Learn how to “tread” water. Treading water is the act of lying back in the water with your arms outstretched in an attempt to keep your head above water. It’s important to do this without swinging your arms around. See how to tread water here: 
  • Use cupped hands to push down and keep your head above water. You can use this time to look for anything around you that can be used to hold your body up above the water, as well.
  • Kick your legs in swift, short movements to keep your head above the water.
  • Breathe in deep breaths and release them slowly. Frantic breathing will keep your lungs empty. Breathing easily and deeply will keep the air in your lungs and promote floating.

Prevent the Situation

There are some general water rules that you can follow to try to prevent being caught in water without knowing how to swim in the first place. 

  • Don’t go near water if you cannot swim.
  • If you are going into the water, always bring a friend.
  • Only visit supervised water areas.
  • Stay sober when you are around water. Even great swimmers are in danger of drowning when intoxicated.

The Best Defense is a Great Offense

Generally, the best way to survive being in water without knowing how to swim is to avoid being in the water, to begin with. However, since life is normally unpredictable, it is good to be aware of the tips and suggestions that can help you survive in this dangerous situation. Don’t forget the most important rule of all, though – stay calm!