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What Does Drowning Really Look Like?

What Does Drowning Really Look Like?
29 June 2015 3086 Views No comments

When you're watching your children swimming in a pool or in the sea, it can be difficult to tell whether they are playing or if they are having difficulty swimming. This is especially the case if the water is crowded, as splashing around could mean that they are having fun, as well as that they are in difficulty.

Films and drowning dramatisations often leave us with the incorrect impression as to what drowning actually looks like. We usually see it as someone splashing around and shouting for help; however, this isn't always the truth of it.

So, what should you watch out for when it comes to being aware of when your children are in difficulty?

They go silent

You can only yell and scream for help if you have air in your lungs. If you're drowning you are inhaling water, which means that you can't shout out for help.

As children usually make a lot of noise in the water, especially if they are splashing around together, you should be listening out for a sudden drop in noise level.

If your child suddenly goes silent, but still looks like they are playing, check on them. They may well just be swimming, but it is much better to be safe when it comes to water.

They won't splash much

If someone is in difficulty in the water, they may well splash around, but if they have already started drowning – which means they have started inhaling water – this isn't the case.

Instead, they will be trying to push themselves upwards to the surface, rather than splashing to stay above the water. There may still be a bit of splashing, but it is nowhere near as dramatic as you might expect.

They'll keep going under

When someone is drowning, they will fight to get to the surface of the water. This means that they will keep going under the water, often remaining under for extended periods of time. This is one of the most recognisable signs of drowning, so if you notice this you should get to your child as quickly as possible.

The same thing goes if you notice that they have been under the water for a while. They may be playing and seeing how long they can hold their breath for, but you don't want to risk it.

Keep an eye out

The most important thing to remember is that you should watch your children at all times and be ready to go into the water if needs be. You should be aware of where they are, and you need to stay close by in order to avoid any accidents.

You can also provide your children with buoyancy aids – such as the Original Konfidence Jacket &;ndash; to help support them in the water and provide added peace of mind.