Surfer Mag: 6 Water Safety Tips

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Chilly Willy, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Chilly Willy

    Chilly Willy Well-Known Member

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  2. Dawnpatrol

    Dawnpatrol Well-Known Member

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    Good stuff Chilly. I just went through Lifeguard recertification. Everyone should know CPR and how to use an AED. Check with your local fire department for classes in your area.
     
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  3. dsquare

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    +1 on the barrier between you and a rescue victim. Having rescued a fair number of army trainees (Pool and RECONDO at Ft. Lewis) people being rescued want to get up as high as they can; if you give them a hand they will try to climb your shoulders. Put your board out there for them to grab on to. Unless you know how to grab them from the rear and restrain them you should keep an arms length away. Most true drowning victims are fairly passive as they are trying to keep their mouth above water to breath, but will cling onto whatever they can when given the chance. That middle aged lady floating out in the rip will grip you tighter than that old high school wetsuit you decided to try on last winter.
     
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