This survival skill will teach you how to escape quicksand safely. Quicksand can be nasty stuff and quite frightening. In this first video you’ll see just how frightening trying to escape quicksand can be.
They guy in the following video is showing viewers how to escape and he starts to get nervous in a controlled situation. You actually start to feel the pain this guy is going through and will see just how dangerous quicksand can be.
Make sure to watch BOTH videos in this post. They will show you the best ways for escaping quicksand.
After watching the above video you’ll have to agree that trying to avoid quicksand is the best way to stay out of trouble. Knowing where you’ll most likely encounter the stuff will go along way towards that.
“Quicksand can be found in many parts of the United States, especially by riverbanks, in swampy areas or near the ocean. One area famous for quicksand is Morecambe Bay, England. People trapped there at low tide risk drowning when the water rolls back in.” Source.
The first tip may be even the most important tip when trying to escape from quicksand is to remain calm. It is true that the more you struggle the more you will get trapped. Here are a few other important tips. (Please make sure to watch video 2 below for all the tips for escaping quicksand.
If you are in an area where there may be quicksand be sure to carry a pole the length of your body. It may not be practical to carry a pole that long, but it nay save your life.
As soon as you find yourself sinking in a pit of quicksand, lay the pole on the surface of the quicksand.
Flop your back on top of the pole. It will take a minute or so that will seem a lot longer, but in short order you will stop sinking.
If you are carrying heavy gear with you like a pack, if you haven’t stabilized, you might have to let it go. Work the pole around under you so that is rotates ninety degrees and supports your hips.Gradually start to extricate first one leg then the other.
Slowly start to paddle to firm ground.
If you happen to fall into quick sand before you’ve prepared by carrying a thick pole, don’t fret. The key is not to panic. Most quicksand pits are only a few feet deep. Although the mix varies, in most quicksand, your body will be more buoyant than it is in fresh water so it should float. In fact, the density of an average human body is about 62 pounds per cubic foot, which is less than quicksand’s 125 pounds per cubic foot. Unless you are heavily laden you’ll probably sink no deeper than half way. However if you panic and start to flail your arms and feet you’ll only make the situation worse, because the more you agitate quicksand, the more it will liquefy and the faster you will sink.
Instead, relax. Take slow deep breaths, arching your back and spreading out your arms and legs to increase your surface area. Let your body’s natural buoyancy bring you to the top. Then gradually and quite slowly work your way to solid ground. Source for these tips: EHow.com
Be sure to watch the next video so you completely understand how to escape from quicksand.
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