Sea survival training is essential for anyone that spends any amount of time on the water. So, when was the last time you traveled the high seas? Was it on a cruise, deep sea diving or was it just a fishing trip? Back in the old days, the exploration of new lands was carried out by sea, and on many an occasion a captain, his crew and ship have been known to meet their end due to the treachery of the storm, wind and waves.
Yet in there being no guarantees, there are a few tips that can help you survive sea trouble, and this is what we will discuss here.
Before you leave shore
Storing a backpack in the life raft with items such as a compass, sea navigational map, portable CB units for communication purposes, first aid supplies, battery operated lighting, extra batteries (of course), mirrors to use as reflective devices, a rain suit, blankets, sunscreen, clothing, matches and medicines would turn out to be more than useful in a lost-at-sea emergency.
After your vessel has sunk
Which brings us to the part where your vessel has sunk, and you have no option but to bail. What does one do and need in these circumstances?
First, it is vital that you paddle in the opposite direction of the sinking water vessel as quickly as you can. However, once you are able to get out of the natural suction of water that will take the sinking vessel down to its watery grave, you should then allow the life raft to drift - at least until you can find land. However, this is only when there is a strong sea current that can move the boat along at a reasonable pace. A compass and navigational map can also come in very handy at this point.
While you're on the raft
Finding land can sometimes take more than two or three days when you're at the mercy of the seas, so you're not going to find supermarkets along the way for your precious bottles of water. In this situation, water is more precious than food. Now, since sea water is saline, it isn't healthy to drink. So, a bucket or a tarp can be useful to collect rain water (which is your only source of fresh water here).
Since some people can be on the raft for days before finding land, another survival technique is to find help from fellow-sailors or from aircraft flying overhead through the method of signaling.
Try to use any mirrors, reflective tape, flares, and other eye-catching materials that you can find to catch the attention of those around you. And well, keep your fingers crossed!
As daunting a situation as being lost at sea can be, this sea survival training course that we've described here can appreciably increase your chances until help arrives or you find shore.