Float to live

Fight your instincts, not the water

Everyone who falls unexpectedly into cold water wants to follow the same instinct, to swim hard. But if you float until the cold water shock passes, you will have a better chance of survival.

  1. Step 1 - Fight your instinct to panic or swim hard
  2. Step 3 - Push your stomach up, extending your arms and legs
  3. Step 4 - Gently move your hands and feet to help you float
  4. Step 2 - Lean back in the water to keep your airway clear
  5. Step 5 - In 60-90 seconds you’ll be able to control your breathing

What to do next

Swim to safety, call for help, or continue to float until help arrives

Float to live

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