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Float to Survive

A variation of floatation skills without assistance from floatation devices. Participants need to learn these three basic techniques to best equip them for a potentially life threatening scenario. These drills will also greatly enhance swimming speed.

Float to Survive

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The Float to Survive message has been utilised within SEA Australia’s programs and publications since early 2000’s, and via collaboration with other leading experts in the industry is now considered a leading water safety survival message for all aquatic environments

We believe the message captures all aquatic survival methods in a three word slogan

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The “Float to Survive” practical program is designed around “feeling the water” and subsequently building specific strength through relaxed techniques with and without training aids.

These drills will also greatly enhance swimming ability

Shallow Water Content (60 minutes)

Treading Water - we need to develop water feel, through correct sculling motion drills with relaxed hands and high elbows caressing the water. We will start with the other floating methods as they will be easier and will help develop the tread water skill.

These sculling drills will also greatly enhance swimming speed

We can now use the sculling motion for direction, using the same shaped arms, breaststroke/sculling arms while walking, and then reverse backwards, rotating by changing angles. Feet will subconsciously leave the ground


Learning how to active float

Floating on Back - We want less focus on using limbs and more focus on body position. We also want to achieve calming of breath and relaxed mental focus

To Float on back - Lie in shallow water and push chest out and arch back keep arms and legs as a star shape, however bend arms and caress the water. Try using sculling motions to move forward, backwards and turn in circles

Floating on stomach - We want people to be able to float with awareness of their surrounds which they cannot do on their back by way of high elbows, water feel and body position, this is particularly beneficial in the surf or a rip

Go into the standing sculling position at chest height, and then push onto stomach using sculling drill. Try to roll body forward with weight on hands. Elbows are high and sculling motion relaxed. Rotate and move forward and backward changing direction of hands


We want to train a person who is going to panic to firstly raise elbows, relax neck and settle breathing


Now that the participants that the direction of the hands dictates to motion of the “active float”, in shallow water - we want them to try to blow out their air and submerge using body momentum and upward sculling motion.

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