Everybody loves the wide open seas, but water survival is no laughing matter. Well, not everyone, there are many who get seasick each time they go further into the deep. But there are various ways of enjoying and making the most of the natural beauty and pleasure of sailing across the waters. But there are definite dangers, and surely getting lost at sea and being a survivor can make a pleasure trip into terrifying experience.
You could get stuck at sea for many reasons, the most common of all are that your ship broke down, or you went through a plane crash. Both are equally torturous, resulting in an absolute state of panic and distress for all survivors. Even more trouble if the weather is out of control, resulting in more loss, of the mind and possible supplies that could have been relied on.
The fact is that no matter how many shows or training sessions on survival you go through, there is nothing comparable to facing the situation first hand. But at such a time, the best for survival is will power and efficient use of resources. Gathering will power, the determination to make it out alive through this ordeal is a tough quest, especially if you have soft hearted people along with you, or you don’t have the strength to get along by yourself. Though there are certain resources that you can always count on and in any condition, which equally come handy in a water survival situation, the sheer power of the mind to make you and your companions useful is the best thing you can count on. You need to focus on preserving energy, creating a positive environment, reducing stress and keeping everyone busy in helping each other out.
First aid is an absolute must, regardless if you’re stuck on land or water. You can never underestimate the need for proper emergency medication like pain killers, antibiotic ointments, antiseptics, bandages and any specific medication that would be necessary for certain survivors with a particular problem. You should also make sure you have the right survival kit available. Things you thought would only work on land actually works on sea quite well, in fact even better.
Make sure your clothing is right to travel on sea. Wearing jeans or other slightly heavier clothing actually helps you more than you think. Wading in water is only possible if your clothes help in creating air pockets around you, and thick and heavy material is the best available. If you haven’t worn any, try to find as much clothing as you can to keep yourself warm. Of course, nothing beats a life jacket, which by the way could be the ultimate survival tool while your trying to get to shore or finding floating debris to use. Either ways, you need to float on water and stay as dry as possible to avoid hypothermia, as you never know how the waters will react to sudden change in weather patterns and for how long your own body will be able to tolerate the temperatures.
Make sure you have plenty supplies of food and drinks. Check for available stock from the wreckage, or your own, if you planned your trip and packed your necessities well enough. You need these to keep energy levels balanced, for all your companions.
Also check for life rafts and boats available, which have not yet been damaged, and can be used to get everyone out of the water. This is highly necessary, the chances are that any search for survivors will also be able to spot rafts and life jackets and people outside water easily.
If everyone is aboard the raft or is relatively dry, there are still a few things to watch out for. Since the seas are quite salty, and the intensity of heat from the sun is more than on land, the chances of having rashes and sores are higher. If anyone does get into this situation, have them relax and avoid the urge to scratch their skin, which only damage the skin more and increase the pain and lower resistance levels. If you have medical supplies, you can treat the affected area quickly, and reduce their activities to a limit, to avoid any further harm.
Another important factor is the availability of drinking water. Rationing your existing water supplies is the first option, and it must be understood by all companions. The general consumption level is 1.25 liters of water per person, you need to ration well if you aren’t sure how long you will remain on sea, without being rescued.
There is no best way to survival. Most people learn from experiences and share them accordingly. However, your best would obviously be sufficient preparation to match any challenge that comes your way. As said before, being mentally ready for any such eventuality is the best way to make it through this tough situation.
Do you have any other tips or experiences for water survival?