Swimming in unfamiliar places during a beach holiday, as well as crossing a water hazard, can be fraught with danger. This is especially true in places where underwater currents or eddies are possible, for example, near power plant turbines or dams. It is best to refuse to swim in such places. But what if you are still in a whirlpool?
When entering the water in an unfamiliar place, make sure that there are no strong currents or funnels ahead. Usually, these phenomena, called turbulences, can be easily detected visually. Determine for yourself a zone beyond which you will not swim. Try not to swim alone, always leave an observer on the shore who can take measures to rescue the swimmers, if the need arises.
Once in a whirlpool or in an area of strong circular current, try to overcome the possible panic that usually accompanies unforeseen events on the water. Often, a person in the water exaggerates the danger of the situation and begins to take actions that aggravate the situation.
Save your strength and do not try to fight the circular current. Your task is to get out of the maelstrom with the least expenditure of energy. If you feel yourself being pulled in a circle, try to paddle in the direction of the rotation of the water, methodically floating away from the center of the funnel.
If you are pulled into the center of the funnel with great force, and you feel that you cannot cope with the current, draw more air into your lungs and dive. While underwater, look for a current that does not go in a circle, but brings it to the surface and to the side. This current, as a rule, is always present in the whirlpool at a certain depth, so your task is not to get confused, but to take advantage of such an updraft.
If you are at a relatively shallow depth, then, once in the funnel, be extremely collected. The bottom in such places is usually strewn with snags and stones, which are easy to injure when getting out of the whirlpool. If you feel that you are being carried by a swirling stream onto a tree trunk or boulder sticking out of the water, try to put your legs forward and group yourself so as not to hit the obstacle with your head or other vital organs. Observe the main rule - in any situation, keep your composure, composure and composure.