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(1) Take a deep breath before jumping.
(2) With the downward roll of the ship, step forward
as though taking the next stride, and, springing from
the other foot, bring the legs together in the air. Drop
vertically into the water. When lower side of listing
vessel also is windward side, take care to avoid being
washed back against vessel.
(3) Do not look down. Keep your head up.
(4) Jump as far from the ship as you can.
(5) Do not try to break your fall with the hands or
(6) Keep legs together. After entering the water open
them to check depth of plunge.
(7) Use of arms. (a) Without life preserver. Hold
the nose and protect the face.
(b) With life preserver. See paragraph 15b.
1. Jump, holding the jacket in one hand; if it is
jerked from your hand when you hit the
water, recover it when you come to the sur-
face. (See fig. 37 )
2. Secure jacket to your belt with a short length
of line; enter water as in (a) above. (See
fig. 37 ). Recover it when you come to
3. Secure jacket tightly to body by straps; with
arms on top of it, press down hard with fore-
arms, one hand holding the nose. (fig. 9);
exert plenty of muscular force to hold down
jacket and prevent its striking your chin
when you hit the water.
b. Shirt as support. To use shirt as support in the
water, button it completely before jumping. Draw the
front out of the trousers, and hold it down and forward
with arms fully extended, 6 to 10 inches from the body.
(See fig. 38.) This causes the shirt to fill with air, and
it will aid in bringing your body rapidly to the surface.
By assuming the breast-stroke position on the water, an
air pocket is formed in the back of the.4shirt. This pro-
vides some support for a short time.
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