Don't Drown: Escape Artist's Essential Tips For Water Safety And Accident Prevention This Summer

Stay safe this swimming season: escape artist michael griffin's expert tips for water emergencies and accident prevention
By: David Johnson
Michael Griffin escapes Houdini's box in the ocean
Michael Griffin escapes Houdini's box in the ocean
COLUMBUS, Ohio - May 23, 2024 - PRLog -- As summer approaches, many eagerly anticipate swimming at beaches, lakes, and rivers. However, these fun outings can sometimes lead to dangerous situations, such as getting trapped in a submerged vehicle, being caught in riptides, or facing drowning risks in crowded public pools. To ensure safety and preparedness, we can learn invaluable lessons from Michael Griffin, a world-renowned escape artist who has performed some of the most daring underwater escapes.

Michael Griffin, who has escaped from Houdini's box at the bottom of the ocean in Delray Beach, Florida, and freed himself from 20 pounds of handcuffs and leg irons after being thrown into the frozen Ohio River, is uniquely qualified to offer advice on surviving watery misfortunes. Griffin has also survived being dragged to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico while chained and cuffed, making him an expert on what to do in a life-threatening water emergency.

Understanding the Risks

Water-related accidents can occur in various scenarios:
  • Riptides: Strong currents that can pull swimmers away from the shore.
  • Crowded Pools: Increased drowning risks in overcrowded conditions, especially with wave machines.
  • Post-Party Driving: Accidents resulting in cars submerging in water due to impaired driving.
  • Alcohol Consumption: Impaired judgment and physical abilities while swimming or engaging in water activities.

Michael Griffin's Tips for Surviving Water Emergencies

Riptide Safety

Riptides are powerful currents that can drag swimmers out to sea. Here's how to stay safe:
  • Stay Calm: Panicking can exhaust you quickly. Try to remain calm and conserve energy.
  • Don't Fight the Current: Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current, then swim back to the beach.
  • Float and Signal: If you can't swim out of the riptide, float on your back to conserve energy and signal for help.

Crowded Pools and Wave Machines

Public pools, especially those with wave machines, can be hazardous for novice swimmers:
  • Avoid Peak Hours: Swim during less crowded times to reduce accident risks.
  • Stay Close to Lifeguards: Position yourself near lifeguards who can quickly respond if needed.
  • Buddy System: Always swim with a friend who can assist you if you get into trouble.
  • Learn CPR: Basic CPR knowledge can save lives. In an emergency, immediate action is crucial.

Car Submersion

If your car submerges in water, follow these steps to escape:
  • Don't Panic: Stay calm and quickly assess the situation.
  • Unbuckle Seatbelts: Unbuckle your seatbelt first, then help others.
  • Open Windows Immediately: Electric windows should work briefly after submersion. Open them ASAP. If they fail, use a window-breaking tool.
  • Exit Through Windows: Escape through the windows, not the doors, as water pressure will make opening doors nearly impossible until the car is fully submerged.
  • Get to the Surface: Once out, swim to the surface and call for help.

General Water Safety
  • Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol impairs judgment and physical abilities. Avoid drinking before or during swimming.
  • Know Your Limits: Don't venture into waters beyond your swimming capabilities.
  • Learn to Swim: Basic swimming skills are essential for water safety.
  • Wear Life Jackets: Life jackets are crucial for non-swimmers and during boating activities.
  • Stay Hydrated and Take Breaks: Dehydration and fatigue can increase accident risk. Drink water and rest regularly.


As we approach the swimming season, it's crucial to prioritize safety to ensure enjoyable and accident-free outings at beaches, lakes, and rivers. By incorporating the expert advice of escape artist Michael Griffin, we can better prepare for potential water emergencies. Remember, staying calm, prepared, and informed are the keys to preventing accidents and surviving dangerous situations.

For more information on Michael Griffin and his escape artistry, visit Michael Griffin Escapes (

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