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Techniques In Rescue Swimming

Every year, there are over thousand deaths in US alone due to drowning in swimming pools and spas. Hundreds more have near-drowning incidents. Costs of medical care for near-drowning victims are very high, as dealing with brain damage issues can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. And even if the person survives, the brain damage tissue damaged forever can lead to some form of disability for the rest of their lives. Rescue Swimming should be taken as a very serious water sport. One should attempt a swimming rescue only if he or she is a trained lifeguard. Just by knowing how to swim a little doesn’t qualify you to rescue another swimmer in trouble. There is a Y, Red Cross or equivalent course in water rescue, if you want to get trained as a rescue swimmer.

The skills required by an individual to rescue a swimmer in problem, are referred to as rescue swimming. These skills are a combination of communication skills, and specific "rescue" swimming strokes. A rescue swimmer should also be an expert in release and evade techniques for self-preservation inn case the rescue goes wrong. Go through the main techniques to follow in rescue swimming.

1. Always keep an eve contact with the swimmer in difficulty at all times.

2. Assess the situation and the environment. Look out for any available physical equipment or people who can assist you.

3. Try to establish a voice contact, which can be very assuring for the swimmer in difficulty.

4. The rescuer should enter the water only as a last resort.

5. Make sure that the rescue is attempted in the following order: talk, throw, reach, wade, row, swim, tow and carry.

But what can one do if he is a non swimmer? There is a lot a non swimmer can do to save a drowning person. If the drowning victim is close enough, you can extend a pole, branch, boat oar, an arm or leg or even a towel to hold on to. Judge for yourself and if this is appropriate, if you decide to pull the victim out. Just stay down low, hold tightly to something solid and pull strongly. Avoid being pulled into the water by the victim. In case the drowning victim is too far away and out of your reach, you can toss a life preserver or anything that floats for their support.

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