Dangers of not knowing how to swim

It is not always the case that people who drown are the ones does not know how to swim. Even good swimmers sometimes experience trouble and die after few hours. Dangers are always present in swimming, and it is in the hands of the individual to tackle them and act according to the situation.

There are various dangers of not knowing how to swim, and it is less for experienced swimmers. There are two types of risks present for people who do not know how to swim. The first one is the dry drowning where the person dies after coming out of the water or the pool. At first, the person might be struggling in the water and once rescued by the rescue team and taken back to the shore; it might seem that they have inhaled a lot of water which will block the airway causing muscles spasms and choke your breath and death occurs instantly.

There is another case of secondary drowning which can occur even after 24 hours of your rescue from the pool. There may be some fluids stuck in the lungs that cause difficulty in breathing leading to death. These incidents rarely occur to people who do not know swimming and to individuals who know swimming, this can create respiratory problems or damages the brain. Many people feel swimming is not necessary and can be dangerous while many people and authorities like swimculture recommend that swimming should be learnt from the beginning of early age and it is a compulsory skill to have to survive in water. Even babies can swim, as seen from this video!

Most of the parents enrol their children in swimming classes right from the age of 3 which will help when the kids grow in the future. Another danger that can be faced because of not knowing to swim is the shallow blackout syndrome. It occurs when people tend to take deep breaths before diving into the water. They take deep breaths and dive in and try to stay inside the water for a long time without breathing. This reduces the oxygen level so that the consciousness of the swimmer is affected which will result in a blackout. This danger is not only applicable in beaches or deep water; even a shallow water is enough to create a fatal incident.

Therefore, it is important that one should learn all the swimming skills before hopping into the water and new swimmers should know all the hazardous situations out there and how to act if those situations arise. Swimming can be mastered by learning and practising regularly. Another important thing is it should be learned slowly in a step-by-step process.

Never hurry in learning the moves. Practice until you become a perfectionist and confident in your moves. In the sea, there is various natural phenomenon that is dangerous not only to beginners but also could kill experienced swimmers and they are the rip currents. They are so dangerous, and people who learn swimming should be aware of how they should act in these kinds of dangerous situation. Panic should be avoided while you are swimming as it will not help you and stops your mind from doing what should be done at that time.