Entries and Exits

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  • Entries and Exits
    • Slide In
      • When
        • Depth of water and state of bottom are unknown
        • Entry is controlled and ssafe allowing feet to feel for unseen obstacles below the surface
      • How
        • 1. Establish firm body position by sitting on bank with feet in water
        • 2. Feel for obstacles with feet
        • 1. Lower body gently taking weight on hands
    • Step In
      • When
        • Water is clear
        • Depth is known and safe
        • Bottom is free from obstacles
      • How
        • 1. Look at point of entry
        • 2. Step gently off edge
        • 3. Keep knees slightly flexed, legs ready to give when feet touch bottom
    • Compact jump
      • When
        • Entry must be made from height of more than 1 metre
        • Known deep water
        • Feet first is safer than head first
      • How
        • 4. Keep body streamlined vertical and protected
        • 1. Place both arms across body with 1 hand over mouth and nose
        • 2. Step off with 1 foot leading
        • 3. Bring legs together - keep them straight
        • 5. Once underwater, tuck or pike the body to check downward movement
          • Arms and legs can also be used to assist braking
    • Fall In
      • When
        • Fall into water is unexpected
          • Falling in in an uncontrolled manner can be dangerous
      • How
        • 3. Press both elbows to chest
        • 1. Tuck chin on chest
        • 2. Hold top of head with both hands protecting face with forearms
        • 4. Keep legs together with knees bent towards chest
    • Using a lLifejacket
      • How
        • Slide or jump in feet first
        • Hold life jacket securely, pulling down hard with both hands
          • This prevents injury to neck on hitting ther water
        • From small boat
          • Side or roll in backwards
          • Hold life jacket securely
      • When
        • Entry into water whilst using a life jacket is required
    • Shallow Dive
      • When
        • Water is clear
        • Bottom can be seen
        • Depth is known
      • How
        • 1. Push off as far as possible over water
        • 2. Enter with body almost horizontal to water
          • Arms and legs extended
        • 3. Head held between arms with eyes looking towards water
        • 4. Keep body straight and streamlined
        • 5. Commence swimming after entry by raising head slightly to bring you to surface
    • Straddle Entry
      • WHen
        • Entry is made from known height
        • Into known deep water
          • RESCUER NEEDS TO WATCH CASULTY IN DIFFICULTY
        • Not from heights 1m+ shallow or unknown water
      • How
        • 1. Step out from standing position aiming for distance
        • 4. Extend arms sideways, slightly forwards, palms downwards
        • 5. Hold head still; look forwards
        • 6. On entry, press down with arms and scissor legs keeping head above water
        • 2. Extend 1 leg forward, the other leg back with knees slightly bent
        • 3. Lean forwards

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