Humans have remained close to major bodies of water since the earliest days of our species, resulting in countless discoveries and innovations when it comes to water-rescue techniques. Despite the fact that we’ve slowly but surely perfected our water-rescue methods over the course of millennia, however, many first responders and private citizens alike are sorely underprepared for stressful aquatic situations that might require sudden and meaningful action to save a life.
Here’s an analysis of what we know about proper water rescue techniques, common mistakes which can cost people their lives, and how team leaders can ensure their team members are ready for any disaster.
Ensure your gear is in order
One of the most valuable lessons that human history has taught us when it comes to proper water-rescue methods is that good gear is an invaluable part of the process. If you don’t have excellent equipment to rely upon when it comes to saving lives, you may end up falling short when it matters the most. Water-rescue operations demand adequate thermal protection and waterproof equipment that’s capable of handling immense physical stress and sudden fluctuations in temperature.
Rather than browsing online databases of equipment looking for an excellent deal, you should be investing in quality equipment provided by reliable professionals. Saving money is important, but if you try to cut down on the cost of your equipment when it comes to water-rescue you may end up inadvertently costing someone – perhaps even yourself – their life. Reading up on how to buy water rescue equipment will ensure that you don’t spoil your spending on a useless or lackluster product that will break down when conditions are harsh. Finding the right supplier is usually half the battle, and once you’ve found reliable gear from a provider you can trust your future water-rescue needs will be easier to manage.
Keep in mind that water-rescue operations can happen anywhere, too. From California to New York, there are large bodies of water that vary in size, shape, and nature which could pose a threat to human life. Elsewhere, flash floods can lead to disaster even in areas that normally don’t deal with standing water. You should thus be prepared to train anyone from anywhere when considering BOSIET and other emergency scenario training procedures.
It’s all about preparation
Even after you’ve gotten your gear in order, it’s still all about preparation. Running drills and ensuring that rescue operators are familiar with the harsh operating conditions brought about by freezing water or snow is essential to success. Ensure that your operators are in the know before they’re in the water, as preparing ahead of time won’t just help you rescue a stranded individual but will prevent first responders from succumbing to inclement conditions as well.
More than anything else, buoyancy and thermal protection are needed as much as possible. Ice rescue suits are thus well-advised but may not be perfect for those in need of mobility. Having a diverse arsenal of gear will be necessary for success in a diverse array of scenarios. Before long, you’ll realize that nothing beats preparation when it comes to getting water-rescue technique down to a science.