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Navy Seal Explains How To Survive Being Drowned

Clint Emerson is a retired Navy Seal turned bestselling author for his educational book titled, ‘100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.’

Amongst the many tips and tricks for self-defense and evasion tactics to help you get through any potentially dangerous situation, Emerson explains how to survive being drowned with his informative U.S. Navy expertise.



Water can be lifesaving and life-threatening. Regardless of whether you are in a shallow pool or consumed by the roughness of the raging sea, Clint provides thorough step by step instructions to protect oneself from captivity and the possibility of being drowned.‘When it comes to self-preservation in water,’ writes Clint, ‘the key to survival is breath control. With the lungs full of air, the human body is buoyant–so deep breaths and quick exhales are key.’

‘Panicking,’ states the retired Navy Seal, ‘which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival. Restraints and body positioning may make breathing a challenge, but repositioning is always within the Nomad’s grasp. In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach…to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale.’

navy seal tied up under waterU.S. Navy

‘When facing down, whether floating in place or using a backward kicking motion to swim to shore, the operative should arch his back in order to raise his head above water,’ he adds.

In the case of a being held captive in a large body of water, Clint suggests that ‘a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue travelling forward.’


navy seal trainingU.S. Navy

Thankfully, with the practical and extremely useful knowledge from this Navy Seal, the everyday civilian could strategically combat one of these worst case scenarios with these helpful techniques.

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