By RENAISSANCE ALLIANCE
 When we go to the beach or pool on the weekends, most of us do with a dangerous knowledge gap. We have the wrong ideas about drowning and our ignorance means that we do not always recognize the signs of a person in need when we see them. We are conditioned by movies and pop culture to believe that a drowning man screams and waves for help and splashes violently to get attention. In reality, drowning is a silent, desperate event ̵
drowning behavior is so similar to victim as victim that experts describe it as Instinctive drowning response . Mario Vittone is an expert on water safety and he has been commissioned to raise awareness of what drowning behavior really looks like – his blog post Drowning does not look like drowning is a real eye opener and something worth sharing. describes the behavior as:
The Instinctive Drowning Response – so called by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what humans do to avoid real or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving and no screaming or help of any kind. To get an idea of how quiet and undramatic it is that the surface is drowning, you can consider this: It is the main cause of accidental death in children, 15 years and younger (just behind car accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 meters of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of these drownings, the adult will actually see them do so without having any idea that it is happening. Drowning does not look like drowning
Here is a video that shows instinctive drowning response.
drowning can occur in a few seconds. A more widespread understanding of what signs of swimming problems and drowning behavior actually looks like would help save lives. Help raise awareness – why not share this post with friends and relatives – especially parents of young children?
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