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How to Save a Drowning Victim the Safe Way

When you see someone drowning, it’s understandable that you would want to dive right in and rescue them as fast as possible… But this may get you killed too! Discover the safe way to save a drowning victim in this article.

Saving a drowning victim requires quick response, careful strategy, and preparedness.

In a life-threatening situation, time is of the essence and the right decision can make the difference between a tragedy and a success story. Knowing how to properly save a drowning victim is a critical skill for anyone who may encounter an emergency situation.

Whether you're a lifeguard, a first responder, or a bystander, understanding and having the right techniques can help you save a life.

This article will cover the do's and don'ts of rescuing a drowning victim safely. With the right protocols in place, you'll be better equipped to help in a time of need.

Call for Help

If you are ever in a situation where someone is in danger of drowning, the best and safest thing to do is to call for help.

If you do not have a cell phone, shout for assistance from a lifeguard, nearby beachgoers, or anyone else in the area.

If you are alone and in a remote area, your best option is to attempt a rescue by yourself only if you are a confident swimmer and have the skills and strength to successfully pull a person out of the water.

Otherwise, stay on land and call for help as soon as possible.

Check for Danger

Before attempting to save a drowning victim, check for danger.

Make sure that other people are not at risk of getting hurt in the process. Make sure that there are no animals or hazardous objects in the water. It is important to assess the situation and make sure that the potential rescuer is not putting themselves in danger by trying to save the person.

If it is deemed safe to do so, then proceed with the rescue.

Use a Land Based Rescue

When attempting to rescue a drowning victim, the safest approach is to use a land-based rescue.

This method requires assistance from at least two people and should only be used if the victim is within reach of the shore. The first rescuer should stand on the shore, or in shallow water, and extend a flotation device to the victim. The second rescuer should remain on the shore and provide verbal support and encouragement to the victim. If the rescuer standing in the water needs assistance, the second rescuer should call the emergency services immediately.

All rescuers should be aware of their own safety and should not put themselves at risk of drowning.


In conclusion, saving a drowning victim is a challenging and intimidating task. However, understanding the basics of water safety and rescue techniques can help you stay calm in a stressful situation.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where someone is in need of help, remember to stay safe and be sure to call emergency services. With preventive measures, dedication and knowledge, you can help save a life.

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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