I Almost Drowned

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 381 People

    When I was about 8, my family was camping at a

    campground with a lake designated for swimming. I was bold enough to tell my father that I was going to swim across. To me it looked like a few hundred feet, but I am sure that it was only about 80 feet across. Everything looks bigger to kids, including your sibling's portion of...
    Karen3200 Karen3200
    51-55, T
    Mar 2, 2014

    Gulf of Mexico, on vacation.

    My first time to Florida. Fishing off of a sandbar and suddenly a riptide rushed in and filled behind us and eventually over my head and my Father and Brother, too. I held my then 7 yr old brother above water and took breaths while I pushed off of the ocean floor to jump up for...
    ThePenOfLight ThePenOfLight
    31-35, M
    Jan 26, 2014

    I Almost Drowned(Not Extreme)

    Actually, to this day I feel bad, but anyways. Once when I was 13 and I was swimming in the pool across the street from my house, I was playing some game, I forgot with my friends Allison (14) and Sydney(13), when my friend Allison was on top of me. I was trying to lightly...
    RestInPie RestInPie
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 26, 2013

    When I was 6 years old me

    and my family went to Las Vegas. We stayed at a hotel (can't remember the name of it) and my siblings, cousins, and I went to the pool right away. We were all superated and I was on the other side of the pool (it was shaped like the letter u) in the shallow end because I didn't...
    58maria85 58maria85
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 8, 2015
    persononinternet persononinternet
    18-21, M
    Jan 11, 2014

    Like literally just then!

    Just work up in a stone cold bath, it's been 5 hours and no one decided to see of I'd drowned, thanks family!!
    Wannalovelife Wannalovelife
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2014

    When I was eighteen, I almost drowned.

    I was on an island in the USVI with one of my best friends. We had been driving around in a rented Jeep, and came to a beach with fairly high waves. My friend and I went swimming, or really, just wading, to cool off. As I was standing in the chest-high water, I noticed that...
    nostromo77 nostromo77
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2014

    Saw My Life Flashing Before My Eyes

    So I went to the beach today and was swimming in the ocean with my brother, his girlfriend, and my cousin. As we were swimming whenever a big wave would come we would either swim over it or through it. As my brother and girlfriend got out of the water to put away the boogie...
    Apanda18 Apanda18
    1 Response Aug 11, 2012

    I Fell Asleep In The Bathtub

    When I was little I loved to take baths more than showers. I would stay and the bath tub and think about things. Well one time I took a bath really late at night. I felt so relaxed and the water was so warm; I fell asleep. When I woke up my head was almost fully submerged...
    OceanUndertow OceanUndertow
    22-25, F
    Feb 22, 2012


    It was September 11, 2009 when I almost drowned. My fiancee and I were going for some food around 11pm that night. The town we were going to was on a pennisula, so the road had the sea on both sides. The road has a lot of steep corners and not enough street lights. None...
    Bungy Bungy
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Sep 18, 2009

    I was in 1st grade, when a neighbourhood kid

    (who I was friends with), almost drowned me in a 2 foot pool in my backyard.
    CrypticIris CrypticIris
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 5, 2014

    I remember we were still living up north,

    and my mom and dad took me to a lake. We were going to spend the day there, swimming and having a picnic. Dad was drunk, as usual, and at that age, I think I was 10, or 11, maybe even 12. I knew how to swim enough, not much, but dad wanted to teach me how to swim better, and he...
    NYSlilAngel NYSlilAngel
    26-30, F
    Mar 13, 2014

    a lot of these drowning stories on here happened

    as accidents, but in my case it was my first suicide attempt. I find that kinda personally eye-opening.
    rabbitgears rabbitgears
    16-17, F
    Feb 21

    When I was 12 I begged my mom to let me jump

    off the dive , now ley me tell you first I have a disability and can not swim . She gave in and told me to jump close to her well I was so happy and jumped way out I almost took her under , it took 2 more GIs to help pull me out .
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 25, 2015

    Cramps At About 12 Yrs Old

    It was a hot day in northwestern pa and myself and 3 friends went to a pond down the road from us. We were having fun and diving off a diving board by the pond. This pond is a bit big and we all decided to float across it to the other side. We were all floating across and about 3...
    dickweed53 dickweed53
    56-60, M
    5 Responses Mar 3, 2013

    i was about 6 years old

    and i was living in Montana, my dad took me to this hot spring place and him and his friends were chatting it up while i was left all alone and ignored. i got really bored really fast with my 6 year old attention span and i started to jump around in the pools, ledge to ledge. i...
    Shadowfame Shadowfame
    16-17, M
    1 Response Feb 9, 2014

    I Was Drowned.....

    once wen i was14years old.my school went for a trip in hawaii...first thing we did was swimming in the beach!!!i didn't knew how to swim...but i ran towards the beach.suddenly something pulled me.i got drowned...luckily a little child told  her brother that a white body is...
    faintedgal faintedgal
    16-17, F
    1 Response Nov 11, 2008

    I Almost Drowned During Day Camp.

    Well, this experience took place around 7-8 years ago, when my parents didn't trust me to stay home by myself. I had to go to day camp, which wasn't bad. I had my good days there, and my bad days there. One of my bad days was while we were swimming in the YMCA'S indoor pool. It...
    GFan219 GFan219
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 26, 2013

    During a vacation in Florida

    when I was 18. Me, my father and my brother were fishing off of a sandbar which reached the shore, but about 30 yds from shore. Then the tide filled the bay and the water went from my ankles to my waist in about 30 seconds. I had to save my brother because the water was over my...
    Xhaxabrel Xhaxabrel
    31-35, M
    Feb 16, 2015

    The Creek

    Back in summer of 1991 when I was 6 I was with my dad and uncle who were cutting wood near a creek at my grandfathers farm. I was close to the creek throwing sticks to my uncles dog when I lost my footing and fell in. The creek water was dark and murky. My dad and uncle heard...
    TotallyAmazing TotallyAmazing
    22-25, M
    1 Response Nov 11, 2009


    It was a warm summer day and my family and I decided to spend it having a cook out at my aunt's house. She also had a pool. Me and my cousins decided to jump in and mess around. We finally decided on playing a nice game of chicken. My younger cousin wanted to be the fighter, so I...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 17, 2013

    it has been a long time

    since i really thought about this in detail. i was 7 years old in summer camp. everyday we went to a huge indoor pool for about an hour or so. i was learning how to swim to the point that i was able to jump in the pool and swim to the counsiler. one day unsupervised, as all...
    smognote smognote
    41-45, M
    Jan 14, 2014


    One day at my friends house i thought i would go into there pool. Well obviously it was very hot out. The only thing is that i didnt bring any swimming shorts. So i asked my mom but she said, no and i didnt have a change of clothes. However i thought it was okay because im a boy...
    Ughhhhhhhhhhh Ughhhhhhhhhhh
    13-15, M
    1 Response Jun 26, 2012

    My Brother God Rest His Soul

    my story is ....... one of my 6 brothers died in a lake ( drowned ) he was only 9 years old....very sad .. when they brought his body out of the water it was black and swollen, 4 times bigger then its normal size, his beauitful snow white hair   ( tow headed as they say in the...
    westsideblues1 westsideblues1
    51-55, F
    8 Responses Jul 18, 2011

    Little Girl

    when i was a little girl i almost drowned multiple times. once when my inertube flipped over, and my uncle saved me, i almost wish he hadnt...
    tHEbrokeN tHEbrokeN
    13-15, F
    Apr 22, 2009

    Today At The Beach Was Insane.

    Today I went on the beach. For me a purpose of going on the beach is not sitting on it, sunbathing, reading a newspaper, but swimming. I swim all the time. However, up from today I might want to rethink idulging in the pleasure of swimming in deep water. Seeing I was suicidal...
    BridgeFan1994 BridgeFan1994
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 3, 2013

    It was recently actually.

    I'm 12 (will be 13 in a month) and every year for spring break my family goes to Tennessee with my parent's friends and their kids. I was in the pool with the younger kids (the cabin we were staying in had an indoor pool) and I asked my little sister if she wanted to go into the...
    Jayla03 Jayla03
    18-21, F
    Apr 1

    This is my story. I almost drowned in the beach

    when I was on holiday with my family (parents and siblings). We were on holiday in Durban, South Africa. The entire incident happened so quick and unexpected it was so unreal, by the way it was my first time swimming on/in the beach. What happened is one moment my head was right...
    unaffected unaffected
    Jul 18, 2015
    ameliaandmore ameliaandmore
    18-21, F
    Jan 14, 2014

    My parents were one of those parents

    who wanted to give their kid an early jump with swimming lessons. To be honest, I don't really remember the exact age I was trucking, but I do know it was before grade one. So, the parents enlisted me for swimming lessons with my friend Robyn, and together we would concur that...
    Linxer Linxer
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 7, 2014


    My mom, my dad and I were at the beach. I was playing on the sand while the waves occasionally came to the shore. My legs were dirty from the sand after sitting on it, so I went into the water to wash it off. At that time, a particularly strong wave came and initially I thought...
    lntel lntel
    1 Response Jan 23, 2013

    Crossing the sea to an island Me,

    my husband, my brother, my sister in law and my friend went to an island in canada... It was not summer anymore so there was a cold wind and the water was wind too - everytime I fell cold wind I remember this, and it's terrible -. My brother and I were the only ones who knew how...
    brunabiagi brunabiagi
    22-25, F
    Sep 23, 2014

    Drown Crossing A Lake

    I had not slept the previous night and the twilight was passing into night as I began to cross a lake. Having just learned how to swim I was feeling naively confident in the challenge of crossing a - skinny - lake. My decision was ridiculous, but the lack of sleep clouded my...
    RandallSh RandallSh
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Aug 1, 2013

    Expect The Unexpected

    my friends used to always go to the rock corey and they would always ask me to get in, but i would say no. i knew how to swim, but always decided not to get in. the day came when i said yes and jumped in. they had all brought floating devices or gathered bottles to help them...
    ophiuchus1 ophiuchus1
    2 Responses Apr 1, 2010

    When I was 4 years old I almost drowned.

    I remember being with my older sister (who was 7 at the time) and my cousins (also 7). They all kept encouraging me to go down the fast slide and my sister had just made a friend at the pool. Our plan was to have me, my sister and my cousins walk with me up to the slide and her...
    mm9498 mm9498
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Apr 4, 2015

    I remember when i was

    either 6 or 7, my mother said that me, my sister and brother weren't supposed to be at the neighborhood pool. But one day me and my sister went anyway. I remember i walked down the stairs of the pool and i stepped down a 3rd stair without knowing it was the last one and it...
    Yogurtree Yogurtree
    18-21, F
    Jan 29, 2014

    Odd Place to Drown

    I almost drowned in the toilet when I was a baby. I crawled into the bathroom and I used my arms to hoist myself up to look into the toilet bowl. Then I slipped and fell head first into the toilet. I would have drowned for sure if my mom hadn't found me in time. You know you...
    HurricaneLeia HurricaneLeia
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 14, 2008

    I was in 7th grade, back in Cuba,

    and I decided to go with 3 or 4 friends to take a swim in a big concrete tank that was holding water for agricultural purposes. That tank had a small square opening and was very deep. I could not swim at the time so I kept close to the opening. Suddenly my hands slid and my...
    mindanalyzer mindanalyzer
    41-45, M
    Jun 15, 2015

    I had 5 nearly drowned experiences.

    (well, you can say I'm lucky to be alive) 1 was in recently, I can remember quite clearly the moment of death I experienced when the water was over my head. These experiences mainly occurred in the olympic size swimming pool (the one that has a 1.8m depth). I had my first few...
    momentoffear momentoffear
    Dec 20, 2013

    I Almost Drowned When I Was Nine.

    The pool was in a deed restricted community rec center, and my grandparents took me. My grandma could not swim. Grandpa could, but made no effort to teach me really. I could go off the steps in the pool in the shalow area and be fine. I could go until the water touched my chin...
    juliegirl22 juliegirl22
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 6, 2013

    previous year i went to france like i always do.

    as always i swam in the river we are used to swim. where we swim, it has a waterfall that slightly goes downwards, but is very wild. i slipped a few times while playing on it, but it only left me with a couple of bruises. anyways, at the bottom of the river its mostly calm...
    Wolfpie Wolfpie
    13-15, F
    Nov 30, 2015

    Rip Current

    This week I am on my senior trip with about 10 other girls. We are down in Florida staying with my grandma. I have always been a good ocean swimmer because I never panic. So today me and three other girls were swimming out in the ocean and I swam out deep with my friend Anna. We...
    Kitkat1995 Kitkat1995
    2 Responses May 30, 2013

    so yesterday we went to black river falls to

    swim at the beach and i was stupid enough to try and swim across to the other flippin side... i almost couldnt make it back... i got over there safely but wen i came bak my legs were so tired i couldnt move them no more so i tried to dive into the water n then come back up to...
    midnight001 midnight001
    18-21, F
    Sep 7, 2015

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