Being near any body of water has its inherent dangers, and open water has even more. This section has information on the different dangers in various forms of open water. It also explains what to do when faced with these dangers. It covers self-rescue in solo and group scenarios.
The term “open water” refers to any natural body of water such as oceans, lakes, and rivers.
Water rescue techniques are part of urban and wilderness survival training. Refresh your skills AT LEAST two times a year.
Most of the information in this section mimics professional lifeguard techniques. This is NOT a replacement for professional lifeguard training! It is for use in emergency situations when no lifeguards are present. For example, if hosting a gathering near a lake or pool.