Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. We highlight the risks you might encounter in or around the water, and give you advice to make sure you’re prepared if you fall into water.
5 steps to float
1. Fight your instinct to thrash around
2. Lean back, extend your arms and legs
3. If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float
4. Float until you can control your breathing
5. Only then, call for help or swim to safety