“Flip, Float, and Follow,” is a campaign to help people remember how to successfully escape a variety of drowning accidents including dangerous currents such as rip currents, long-shore currents, and structural currents, all which can occur at Kenosha’s lakeshore.
Like “Stop, Drop, and Roll”, a simple fire safety technique taught to children as a component of fire safety week to extinguish a fire on a person’s clothes or hair, “Flip, Float and Follow” can be an effective psychological tool to focus on in order to avoid panic in a terrifying situation.
“Flip, Float, Follow” Drowning Survival Strategy is a simple way to stay safe if you are ever caught in water over your head or in a dangerous current. To perform this strategy you
- Flip over onto your back and float.
- Float to keep your head above water.
- Float to calm yourself down from the panic and fear of drowning.
- Float to conserve your energy.
- Follow the safest path to safety / out of the water.
Never swim against a current. If you are in a dangerous current, assess which way it is pulling you. Then swim perpendicular to the currents flow until you are out of it and then swim toward shore. If you are too tired to swim to shore, continue to float and signal someone on shore for help. Also, the waves may eventually bring you back to shore.