During the summer, many people spend their vacation at the beach to enjoy various water activities. Understandably, being in water has also dangers especially among young children and those who do not know how to swim. If an individual is drowning, always bear in mind that he/she is a state of full panic. With this in mind, it is important to keep your distance. On the other hand, if an individual is simply tired, he/she might only need assistance which usually happens when swimming out in the open and he/she eventually gets tired.
Ways to help out a tired swimmer
If a friend or family member gets too tired to swim back to shore while in the open water, these are some of the measures to help him/her out.
- Once you approach the tired individual, you have to ask if there is something wrong. You can even propose to swim with the individual since this is the simplest way to help out. In some cases, being close to the tired swimmer and offering supportive words will help calm him/her down and make his/her way back to the shore.
- As long as the swimmer is rational and the water conditions simply need extra propulsion, position the individual in a tired swimmer carry. You have to face the individual while treading the water. Instruct him/her to put both hands over your shoulders while maintaining the arms drawn-out while tilted back and the legs are spread. Once he/she has leaned on your body, start swimming using breast stroke to the shore. Just be cautious not to kick widely since your legs are moving between his/her legs.
- If you are in the shore, you can bring a floatation device. Once you reach the individual, offer the device. Instead of towing him/her, you can instruct him/her to hold the device. Get onto his/her back and start kicking either using the scissors kick or elementary back stroke. You can guide the individual by swimming next to him/her with your hands on his/her bicep.
- In some cases, the tired swimmer might start to panic and eventually become a drowning victim. Once the swimmer starts to climb on top of you irrationally, the first thing to do is to break free. If he/she grasps your wrists, you have to put pressure on his thumb by bending beside it, leveraging on the interior of the forearm. If you could not calm the individual, you have to position him/her into a carry.
- The last resort is to use a cross chest carry. If the individual is facing you, surface dive and hold each leg and spin him/her around. You have to work your way up his/her back. Using your right arm, reach to his/her right shoulder and snug the individual to your hip and then side stroke back to the shore. In case the individual attempts to roll out, continue to kick but hold one arm with the other to lock him/her in. Once he/she stops struggling, resume the side stroke with the individual on your hip.