Do you know what to do if you get stuck in a rip current? What if someone near you starts choking? We can’t know when such skills will be useful but we are 100% sure that every person should have them.
That’s why we decided to compile a list of useful recommendations that might save someone’s life. At the end of the article, there is a bonus that will tell you about an interesting new theory on how to stay safe during an earthquake.
11. Rip currents
Rip currents are strong flows of water moving away from the shore that can take even the most skillful swimmers out to sea. That’s why it’s important to know the techniques of how to get out of it:
- The main goal in this situation is to get back to calm waters. Since rip currents are usually narrow and don’t exceed 30 ft, those waters are located at the sides. That’s why it’s important to swim parallel to the shore.
- You shouldn’t try to swim against a rip current — it’s too strong. Swim with the flow.
- Keep in mind that a rip current will be pushing you away from the shore, so don’t worry and swim parallel to the shore until you feel you are out of the dangerous area.
- Once you are out of it, try to swim diagonally towards the shore because rip currents tend to circulate back.
We are used to tapping on the back of someone who is choking. However, there is another method that is considered more effective and safe — the Heimlich maneuver.
- Stand behind a choking person.
- Wrap your arms around them. Your thumbs should be placed lower than his chest but higher than his belly button. One of your thumbs should be kept in the position shown in the left picture above.
- Press their abdomen firmly, quickly, and with an upward thrust.
- Repeat this until the foreign object is dislodged.