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What to do if Drowning Happens

  • Know how to call for help 

  • Call lifeguard first, to assess the situation 

  • Have someone call EMS or 911

  • Check for breathing and a pulse 


  • Begin rescue breathing and CPR as soon as possible 

  • Be careful while performing these, as the victim could have a neck or spinal injury 

  • CPR involves giving oxygen through mouth-to-mouth

  • Chest compressions increase oxygen flow 

  • Use an AED if available

  • Only enter the water to save a person if you have the proper swimming skills to safely do so

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