First Aid in the Water

February 13, 2012

If a seizure occurs while a person is in the water, follow these procedures.

While in the water

  • Turn the person face up.
  • Support the face out of the water.
  • Tilt head back to keep airway clear.
  • Get the person out of the water as soon as possible.

 Once out of the water

  • Place person on their side.
  • Check to see if person is breathing.
  • If the person is not breathing, begin resuscitation promptly.
  • Call an ambulance immediately. This is essential.

 After the emergency

  •  Ensure that the person has a medical check-up promptly. (Inhaling or swallowing water may cause medical problems.)