Drowning Doesn’t Look Like What You See in the Movies

Water Safety Video

Not long ago a friend shared a link to a very useful story/video on Facebook.  After watching it and realizing that I didn’t know what a real drowning looked like I decided to spread the word and I am sharing it with all of you today

Please be sure to watch the video below and share it with your friends and families! I am confident that lives can be saved this summer by passing this information along and learning to recognize when somebody needs our help in the water, including our children.

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like What You See in the Movies

Stay safe this Summer, friends!

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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38 responses to “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like What You See in the Movies”

  1. TiffanyD — June 27, 2012 @ 11:40 am (#)

    Thank you for sharing, important stuff!

  2. Rachel N — June 27, 2012 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    Really good to know! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jessica K. — June 27, 2012 @ 7:03 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for posting this. It is such a good thing to learn or freshen up on as summer has begun.

  4. Maggie — June 28, 2012 @ 5:34 am (#)

    Very helpful, thank you for posting!

  5. brooke t — June 29, 2012 @ 3:00 am (#)

    when i was younger (about 12) a friend and i saw someone drown, and no one believed us until they pulled the body out of the water. It was the exact same thing shown in the video.

  6. Vanessa Coker — June 29, 2012 @ 1:11 pm (#)

    I almost drowned once and that is exactly how it was 🙁 luckily someone saw something wasn’t right and came to help me. I literally felt too tired to let out any sounds, all my energy was going towards “trying” to stay afloat 🙁 Scary.

  7. Elva Roberts — June 29, 2012 @ 6:48 pm (#)

    June 29-Never assume that when your older child is going swimming without you with others including his teacher, that they know or will follow all the safety rules for swimming. When my younger son was in eighth grade, his class went to a camp where they were allowed to swim.. I asked him how many adults were going and the answer satisfied me. However , I had a very bad feeling which was justified when he returned home late at night and told me one of his classmates had drowned.
    I had been negligent in not going to see his teacher to find out exactly what plans were in place for the children’s safety when swimming; whether or not they were using the ‘Budd y System’ (they did not) and other safety factors that I knew and had been reinforced as a leader in Cubs for several years. I would strongly advocate every parent in this position to do so. My child could have drowned and I would be partly responsible because I had not checked out the safety features they had or had not in place.-el03ro

    • Angela at OneSmileyMonkey — July 1, 2012 @ 10:10 am (#)

      Oh wow, thank you for sharing your story Elva. My deepest sympathies to the family of the little boy who drowned 🙁

  8. Sophia — June 29, 2012 @ 11:23 pm (#)

    That was a very informative video. It really highlights how important it is to learn how to swim and to have at least a basic level of water awareness and safety training.

  9. Jaimee Mcallister — June 30, 2012 @ 5:11 am (#)

    thats terrifying. Thank you for posting this, now I know what to look for when we go to the beach JIC.

  10. ag — June 30, 2012 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    good info thanks!

  11. Deb Dorrington — July 3, 2012 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    Thank you Angela for sharing this video, it is nothing like you see in the movies. I now know what to look out for when I am around water with a bunch of people. I had no idea that one could drown that quickly!

  12. kelley — July 6, 2012 @ 8:07 am (#)

    Thank you for sharing!

  13. Janice Dye-Szucs — July 6, 2012 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    Very important video for every one to watch. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Clifford — July 6, 2012 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    You have no idea how timely this video is…a little 16 month old toddler in the next neighborhood to me drowned this week in the family pool. We are all in shock and mourning, what a tragic accident. Having seen a person drown when I was in my teens you are so right it is nothing like in the movies. Thank you Angela for posting this vidieo.

  15. Nena Sinclair — August 13, 2012 @ 1:13 pm (#)

    Thanks for this! This is a video every parent/grandparent/caregiver needs to see!

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  17. Erika B — June 7, 2013 @ 9:41 am (#)

    Wow, so eye opening. I know a woman who lost her son to drowning in their own backyard pool. Such a tragic thing to happen so this video is a good watch. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Vesper — July 17, 2013 @ 7:13 am (#)

    A very important topic especially when there are children in the water

  19. Anne Taylor — August 3, 2013 @ 10:01 am (#)

    We’ve had an astounding amount of drownings here in BC this year! Thanks very much for this post!

  20. Tricia Cooper — August 6, 2013 @ 9:18 pm (#)

    This is great information to have! I share it too!

  21. Jeannie — August 9, 2013 @ 7:29 am (#)

    Great info! I’m so glad you did a blog post of this topic.

  22. jessica s — October 11, 2013 @ 7:06 am (#)

    thanks for posting this! ihad no idea.. great info

  23. Alex — October 30, 2013 @ 9:12 am (#)

    This is an important video. I nearly drowned at camp once (and just barely made it to shore) and of course, I had no way of waving my arms or calling for help. When you’re nearly drowning, it’s because your arms are exhausted and can barely move and because you’re out of breath. Thank you for posting this.

  24. addibrae — March 20, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    That’s really helpful.

  25. Darlene W — June 23, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

    You can never be to safe, that’s for sure

  26. Jon T — August 2, 2014 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    So important to pass on.

  27. kathy downey — February 25, 2015 @ 7:29 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing,so very important

  28. kathy downey — March 22, 2015 @ 9:09 am (#)

    If your kids have not been using the indoor pool all winter and keeping up on the rules of the water,it soon be time to start reviewing them with the kids before they start the outside water season

  29. kathy downey — March 4, 2016 @ 11:53 am (#)

    This is a very good write-up we can never be too careful with water!

  30. krista gould — May 30, 2017 @ 7:10 am (#)

    this is great iinformation

  31. Amina zafar — October 27, 2017 @ 6:42 am (#)

    that is very informative video

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