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Navy SEAL Trick to Turning Your Pants Into a Makeshift Flotation Device

How to Use Your Pants as a Flotation Device

Recently in the news, A man survived hours lost at sea by turning his pants as a flotation device, a trick used by US Navy SEALs. Whether you’re on a sinking ship or caught in stagnant flood water during hurricanes. If you do not have a legitimate flotation device, take your pants off and make a flotation device as described below. This intelligent technique helps you float using lesser energy while you wait for someone to rescue you.

  1. As soon as you hit the water, pull those pants off. Zip up the fly.
  2. Now, tie the pant legs together with a simple square knot.
  3. Then grab the pants by the waistline and pull them out of the water over you head.
  4. In one quick motion scoop in as much air and quickly slam it into the water. Close the waist underneath the water to hold in the air.
  5. Each pant leg balloons up with air, but this may take a few attempts to get it right. If your air pocket isn’t filled enough, repeat the last step.
  6. Once you capture enough air, put your head through like it’s a life vest and hold the waist of your pants closed with one hand. As you float, use your other hand to keep the pant legs wet so they can retain the air inside longer. Even if you’re near the shore, this trick can make swimming a lot easier and keep you from tiring out.
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