technique when you are stranded in open water without anything to hold. Mastering this simple float is important because it requires little energy (less than treading water
) and can be maintained longer. If temperature conditions do not lead to hypothermia
, the dead man's float can keep you alive until help arrives.
Begin with a deep breath. Practise floating more or less upright facing head down in the water, arms out. Keeping your body mostly submerged minimizes the amount of effort needed to counteract gravity
. When you need to breathe, slowly expel air underwater, start treading water slightly, lift your head, and take another deep breath. Repeat.