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Learn how to live through anything life throws at you with these survival videos.
You Will Need
- Slow movements
- Deep breaths
Walk slowly, barefoot if possible, and test the ground with a long stick. If the ground appears unstable, avoid the area.
Relax and don't panic. If you panic and thrash about, you will sink further and faster.
Lighten your load
Move slowly to get rid of anything you are carrying, such as a backpack, or anything weighing you down. If you can, remove your shoes -- especially shoes that may create suction when you pull them out of the quicksand.
Take deep breaths. Breathing deeply will help you remain calm, and will also fill your lungs with air, helping you maintain buoyancy.
Take frequent breaks
Take frequent breaks to rest. If you exhaust yourself trying to get out, you'll make it harder on yourself. If you feel your muscles getting tired, float on your back for a while.
Use your stick
Use your stick to help you get out. Lay the stick on the surface and use it to push or pull yourself free. If the stick sinks instead of floating, let it go to avoid sinking deeper. Once you're free, alert everyone else in your party so they can avoid getting stuck.