You never know when you may be stranded in the ocean. Whether it be a plane crash, a sinking boat, or getting swept out to sea, the isolation of being stranded in the ocean can be a frightening experience.
Follow these survival tips to keep yourself alive in the open ocean until rescue comes.
Learn to float
You may not be lucky enough to have a raft or life boat to float through the open ocean. If you find yourself stranded in the water without some type of flotation device, learn these floating tricks to keep your energy sustained:
Calm water back floating:
Step 1: If the water is calm, then lie on your back.
Step 2: Allow your body to float, but keep your head above the water line.
Step 3: Continue to lie like this until you are rescued or come within swimming distance of land.
Rough water front floating:
Step 1: If the water is rough, then lie face down in the water allowing your body to float.
Step 2: Continue to float this way until you need air.
Step 3: Lift your head from the water only to take a breath, then bring it back down again, exhaling underwater.
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Recently, a couple survived 14 hours in the open ocean by floating on their backs:
Why is this important?
For starters, you don’t know what is swimming beneath you. Although sharks do not typically prey on humans, the silhouette of a body treading water or swimming may appear to be a seal or other prey to a shark, which would cause them to attack.
In addition, wasting your strength treading water or trying to swim will tire you out much faster. You need to savor your energy by floating.
The ocean is a vast, dark place and it can be quiet unnerving:
Find water & food
Remember, you can only survive about 3 days without water, assuming you’ve saved enough strength. Finding drinkable water is your first priority. Since water aids in digestion, it’s probably better that you not eat until you have checked this off your list, although finding fish will aid in both thirst and hunger:
Trap moisture & rain water:
If it rains, try to set out as much material as possible to collect it, such as a tarp, and funnel it into containers. Make sure it has not mixed with ocean salt water!
Fish not only provide a source of food, but they also contain liquid in their flesh, eyes, and spine. To extract the liquids, cut open the fish, break the vertebra, and suck.
In order to catch fish, you need access to some type of fishing equipment. You can fashion lines from any rope or string (eg. shoe laces). If you have a knife, an aluminum can may be used to create shiny hooks that attract fish.
Seaweed is plentiful, and has many beneficial nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Seaweed that you come across may also have hidden gems inside seeking the same nutrients, such as fish, crabs, or shrimp.
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