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1. GENERAL. Military watermanship means taking care
of yourself on or in the water in any military situation.
It combines ordinary swimming ability and knowledge
of the sea with common sense and self-discipline.
You may have to travel over water on various types of
craft. All sorts of conditions arise where a knowledge
of what to do and how to do it may mean the difference
between life and death.
Panic due to ignorance is often the main cause of
loss of life at sea. Those who know what to do and
keep a cool head have little trouble in keeping afloat
until picked up.
2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this manual is three-fold:
a. To give you those basic principles of watermanship
that will enable you to meet with confidence any emer-
gency that may arise.
b. To teach you certain fundamental practices used
during small landing-craft operations.
c. To show you how to swim small lakes or rivers
under combat conditions.
d. This manual does not describe waterproofing of
individual equipment and weapons. Such information
is covered in existing manuals and publications of the
technical services supplying the equipment. The infor
mation included is intended to suggest ways and means
rather than to prescribe definite rules. Methods must be
modified according to the actual situation.
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