Navy SEALs know how to survive, plain and simple. They’re trained to formulate plans for keeping themselves alive at all costs. SEALs can escape almost any deadly situation thanks to their rigorous training.
But you don’t have to be a Navy SEAL to learn from them. In fact, one former SEAL published a book detailing everything you need to know about surviving against all odds. Check out the methods used by the world’s most elite military unit. These tips are really priceless!
Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson didn’t rest on his laurels after retirement. Instead, he published a book teaching people how to save themselves from several dire situations…
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Clint’s guide is called 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation. In it, he details tricks and tips for survival—one of them being how to save yourself from drowning.
“When an operative is captured in hostile territory, the odds of survival are low,” Clint writes. “This is why operatives practice escaping while wearing undefeatable restraints on hands and feet, both in water and on land.”
Clint’s experience allowed him to reveal secrets average folks would never think of. According to Clint, a Navy SEAL can still save himself from drowning even if his hands and feet are bound.
“When it comes to self-preservation in water, the key to survival is breath control. With the lungs full of air, the human body is buoyant—so deep breaths and quick exhales are key,” Clint said.
It’s easier to stay afloat in salt water than fresh water. That’s because, in the ocean, the salty water helps the soldiers stay buoyant. But a true SEAL can survive even in fresh water.
“Restraints and body positioning may make breathing a challenge, but repositioning is always within… grasp,” Clint says. “To travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale.”
All Navy SEALs are taught to arch their backs when they find themselves in this situation. Such a posture can actually help them get air faster even if they are restrained.
“In rough seas, this technique may not give [the SEAL] enough clearance to get his head out of the water,” Clint explains. “Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue traveling forward.”
Clint made sure to add diagrams and other visual aids to his book, like graphics depicting how to properly survive a drowning attempt.
Clint’s book is packed with even more helpful suggestions. He outlines how to survive if you’re lost in the woods during a hike. Most people, he says, are immediately tempted to keep walking to find help. However, this isn’t the best solution…
You should stop wherever you are, build a makeshift shelter, and give yourself time to be found. Dehydration will set in faster and your chances of being located are lowered if you keep on moving.
Clint suggests when you go camping or out on a hike, you should pack your bag with provisions for every possible event. For example, it might not seem like you’ll need extra socks, but if you suddenly encounter water or bad weather, you’ll be grateful you have them.
Clint also advises you to always travel with the means to make fire. Carrying a lighter isn’t the only option for starting a blaze. There’s another hack for doing that…
Provided they’re safely protected from water and kept inside a plastic bag with a secure seal, matches work perfectly. Covering matchstick heads with wax is another way to waterproof them.
Never bring more than you can physically carry for long distances. Make a point to go on practice walks with your pack so you know the weight is manageable.
Water is a vital resource. If you find yourself without a drop, just remember water runs downhill—so head in that direction. That’s the best way to locate a clean water source!
It also never hurts to pack more food than you need. These items don’t have to weigh a ton, either. Items like beef jerky and cubes of peanut butter or caramel are great to have on hand.
One important warning Clint has for people who go camping is letting one person know where you’re going and when you plan to return. Doing this could save your life.
Finally, Clint says the best way to find help if you’re lost is to follow small creeks until they merge with larger rivers. Rivers tend to lead to more developed areas—and more people who can help.
It’s awesome to know that you don’t actually have to be a Navy SEAL to survive if you ever find yourself in dire straits. These tips are definitely worth bookmarking!
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