The Seven Steps To Survival (Land Survival)
To Survive, You Must Have A Plan!
Written By: Randy Boone, USCG Retired
Recognition You must recognize that you are in danger and you must act! Most people have a hard time excepting that an event is actually happening to them. It's a natural reaction or a brain trick that causes us to block out, or deny away a traumatic event. You say to yourself, "This is NOT happening to me!"
This type of scenario is often witnessed after car or aircraft accidents. Accident victims will sometimes walk around in a fog and may even have to be led to safety. You may display other reactions such as, traumatic shock, shaking, muscle rigidity, screaming, or you may even pass out.
So, how .........
I would recommend anyone who flies over water frequently or who owns a boat to read "Not Without Hope". I do not sell it on my site, but it can be purchased at Amazon.com.
This book describes the horrific ordeal encountered by Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith, Will Bleakley, and Nick Schuyler as they suddenly found themselves in the water with only the clothes they were wearing and no survival equipment. Nick Schuyler, the sole survivor, describes the events, including the detailed passing of his friends who succumbed to hypothermia.
This book is an excellent learning tool. It shows how even the best physically conditioned athlete in the .........
The success rate for up-right landings in the water is very high. However, on occasion, you may find yourself inverted and quickly submersed. Without actually experiencing this awkward position, you may run into some issues during your egress.
Military flyers receive extensive training on how to egress from an inverted airframe. With the use of a shallow water egress trainer (SWET), the trainee is strapped into a seat and then turned upside down, placing his head and upper body under water, and feet sticking up out of the water. The trainee goes through four rides on this device. The first ride is a inversion followed by a simple release and escape. Once the instructor feels you are comfortable with that position. The second ride ......
Your survival kit may be the last item to let you down if you are not doing periodic checks on the equipment inside.
Water - 5 yr shelf life
Food Bars - 5 yr shelf life First-Aid kit - 5 yr shelf life
Installed Batteries - should be replaced annually
Spare batteries - 10 yr. shelf life
Chem Lights - Ck for tears or compromise in packaging - should be replaced annually
Sun Screen - 5 yr shelf life
Insect Repellent - 5 yr shelf life
PLB - Battery Replacement - 5 yr, or 7 yr on Ocean Signal units.
Have you ever had one of those days where you wished you could just go back to bed and start your day over again? One of those days where everything seems to be going against you and you dare not say "what next?" .You can change this pattern by simply recognizing it. Instead of saying "what next", the question should be, what do I need to do to change this horrible day? By recognizing that things seem to be getting worse, you are now able to stop to evaluate yourself and your surroundings.
Now let's put this in the context of a survival situation. I often refer to the doom and gloom mentioned above as domino drops. As each domino falls forward, it adds yet another ......
Floatation, and hypothermia protection are always good to have on hand, but there is another adversary out there that has also claimed the lives of long term persons in the water (PIWs), the Sun.
As a PIW, your head will be bobbing just inches above the waterline. You will not only absorb direct sun exposure from above, but you will also receive a nice reflection off of the water. You might just as well have a large mirror under your chin!
You have successfully landed on the Gulf or Caribbean water, made your egress with life vests on, and now you are waiting for rescue. Although you don't feel that the water is all that cold, you go ahead and assume the heat escape lessening position (HELP), and wait for ......
Three Reasons Why You Should Wear Your Life Jacket Too
1. You are not setting a good example for your children when you require them to wear their life jacket and you do not wear yours. You have them wear a life jacket for two reasons; 1. it's the law, 2.you want your child be be safe. Don't you think your child wants you to be safe too?
2. Parents may believe that they can get to their life jacket if something comes up. The problem is, when something comes up, you will being tending to your child and may not have time to get your life jacket out from under the seat and get it on. The most common small boating accidents are sudden on-set cases where something was struck or sudden capsizing (......
So, we have covered the difference between an active and passive signal, now lets discuss the long range signal vs. the short range signal. A long range signal will notify searchers that you are in trouble and a short range signal will direct the searchers to you. Even though a signal mirror can be considered a long range signal, it does not inform others that you are in distress. Because boats have glass or Plexiglas windows they are capable of reflecting flashes from the sun. If we diverted every time we saw a flash on the water, it would turn out be unproductive most of the time. But, if it was known that someone in the area was in distress, then the flash would be investigated.
So, how do we communicate our distress? The most common ......
As a PIW, your main objective is to be rescued and to be rescued quickly. Time is of essence! The rules to survival change when you are submersed in water. You are now completely surrounded by a dangerous and fatal environment that you have absolutely no control over. Your body is losing heat at a very fast rate and you must act fast! Your only chance is to get yourself out of the heat robbing water (Any water temperature below 70 Degrees can kill you).
There are two types of signals, Active and Passive. An active signal is a signal where you are having to physically produce the signal, such as waving two hands above your head or aiming a signal mirror. The passive signal is a signal that can be placed and left ......
Water Survival is not about how long you can stay alive, it's about how soon you can be rescued.
With water submersion, time is urgent! To be rescued, you must be found NOW!
"They flew over me several times. I don't understand why they didn't see me!"
We have all heard the 'after rescue' stories. The one comment that I find most prevalent in these stories is: "They flew right over me several times". The survivors seem so fixed on this statement. "How could they NOT have seen me?"
As a side window scanner for Coast Guard C-130, HU-25, and HU-16 aircraft, I made it a point to search for every person in the water (PIW) as if I ......