This could ruin your day but save your life.

A couple of weeks ago, as my daughter and I were lounging by the pool at a resort, we had the surreal and terrifying experience of almost witnessing a toddler drown. Scary. Awful. Impossible to forget.

There were a lot of good comments, discussion, and advice in the comments section of the post that I wrote about this incident. One of the most important was the fact that it is critical to wear a life vest if you are on the open water, even if you are a strong swimmer.

With summer just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

By chance, I came across a video by Guy Cotten, a French company that makes quality marine clothing and safety gear. The video is interactive; be forewarned that it might not be appropriate for everyone (certainly not for little kids). It basically gives you a firsthand look at what it might be like to fall off a sailboat and drown.

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The video is titled “Sortie En Mer” (A Trip Out To Sea). You can experience it here.

It took me 48 seconds to “drown.”

Please be careful this summer!

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Comments

  1. wow that was intense. it said i died after 0:00 mins. not sure maybe my scroll wasn’t working as i’m on a touch screen – i tried it twice.

  2. DaninSTL says:

    I lasted about 90 seconds. Interesting. Worst part was knowing the other guy didn’t know how to operate a sailboat so you are as they say in France “Screwed”

  3. pinkisnice says:

    That was intense and frustrating. Somehow I lasted 24 seconds. At least it was over with quickly. Sure drives the point home.

  4. Patrick` says:

    Learn a few ocean water survival skills and in real life you’d could last for quite a while. Good thing if you fall off a boat you don’t have to depend on scrolling your mouse wheel! 😉

  5. Last 4:43 and then gave up- didn’t feel like treading water anymore. Definitely a good reminder with a compelling visual presentation!

  6. JustSaying says:

    At least as I drown I heard someone yelling at me in French………….I will be sailing this weekend all geeked up I think!

  7. My son is the only thing I have. I have always put a life vest on him. It could be something as simple as playing on the beach and he has a life vest on. I get awkward looks from people especially if we are at a resort and he has the life vest on. I’m sorry, but I am not about to live the rest of my life in pain if I let something preventable happen to my child. He is a little bit older now, so I may not use the life vest on the shore, but the second he wants to play in that water he puts it on.

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