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How long does it take to drown?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. DCBC

    DCBC Banned

    Fear of the unknown and death is natural. Like Epictetus once said "It's not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of death or pain.".
  2. Tigerman

    Tigerman Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Norway
    I think fear of death is a GOOD thing. If you dont fear death youre lacking some basic instincts or they are supressed by serious mental issues, like bipolar disorder or something..
    Exception being if youre terminally, painfully ill.
  3. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

    Hold your breath. Hold it some more. Hold it until your brain is screaming at you . . . that's what drowning is going to feel like. The body's highest imperative is moving that air in and out of those lungs, and suffocating or drowning is a horrible way to die.
  4. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Altos, CA
    IIRC: when you try to inhale water it triggers a convulsive restriction in your throat---you don't necessarily get water in the lungs but suffocate in agony.
  5. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: dry land :-(
    Its called a laryngospasm. To my knowledge it lasts around 40-60 seconds.
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  6. raftingtigger

    raftingtigger Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Woodland, CA, USA
    It happens to some and not others. It is why some drownings are 'dry'. Each drowning is a little different. Asking how long it takes to die from drowning is a little like asking how long it takes to bleed to death. You will get a range.

    I can't think that drowning is pleasant, just go watch someone with an asthma attack or end-stage emphysema struggle to breathe. Not a pretty sight.

    I plan on playing my cards so that I not only LIVE life, but live long enough to think that living forever (in whatever condition I'm in) is worse than dying a natural death.
  7. robbcayman

    robbcayman Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Temecula, CA
    Seems like too many variables at play. How much water was inhaled? If someone panics faster and inhales more water that would change the rate. If the person panics really fast... could blackout immediately I suppose. Either way, not a good deal.
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  8. simskiscuba

    simskiscuba Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: My Own Private Idaho, very near Princeton, NJ
    Seems we are discussing theosophy as much as physiology. Death?
  9. I think for most victims, the drowning does end up 'wet', the throat relaxes and 'water breathing' follows.

    ---------- Post added August 26th, 2013 at 04:49 PM ----------

    Scuba drowning is especially creepy because of the anticipation of drowning if somehow trapped underwater, mentally preparing for the inevitanle, tryong to postpone the inevitable while watching one's SPG drop to zero PSI........
  10. AlexL

    AlexL DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: nowhere, usa
    that is the stuff of nightmares.

    y'all can keep your wreck and cave diving; direct sunlight up in the warm water is plenty good enough for me!
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