Navy Seal Survival Guide Part Four-Step up and Help!

Part Four of the Navy Seal Survival guide is all about helping in emergency situations. This can be a matter of life or death. The situations explained by this Navy Seal Survival Guide can help to save someone’s life. If ever faced in an emergency situation, you should try and help as much as possible, but first you have to make sure your okay. First, you should always check yourself because if you don’t help yourself first, you’re not going to be able to help other people.

When helping someone in an emergency situation there are four main priorities you have to take care of:

1.Restore breathing and heartbeat if absent

  1. Stop any bleeding
  2. Protect wounds and stabilize fractures or dislocations
  3. Treat for shock

In this post I am going to discuss how to restore breathing and heartbeat.

The ABC is the first approach when helping someone. ABC means to check “Airway, Breathing, and Circulation.” You want to first check if the airway is open and if they are breathing, then if they have a circulation.

If they aren’t breathing, but they have a circulation then you have to perform Rescue Breathing.

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Rescue Breathing is when you pinch the victims nose closed with your fingers, and put your mouth over their mouth and exhale to full slow breaths. If you don’t hear air exhaling, then you should reposition the person’s head and try again. You then check for signs of breathing and then continue waiting about ten seconds in between each attempt. when you do this on an infant you do the same thing except you place your mouth over both the infant’s nose and mouth.

If they aren’t breathing and also don’t have a circulation then you must preform CPR.

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For CPR you have to place your hands directly on their breastbone and push down and make thirty compressions at a rate of about two per second. For adults you want to use two hands for the chest compressions, for children you want to use one hand, and for infants you want to use two fingers. Then you want to tilt their head back, pinch their nose and give two breaths just like rescue breathing. For infants you put your mouth over their nose and mouth. Continue to do this until circulation and breathing is back or until EMS arrives. 

This is just the breathing and heartbeat part of saving someone. Saving someone takes a lot of different steps and all of these things you have to be trained in. Taking a class on CPR is really beneficial especially because it can help save a life. I never took CPR training course but I wish that I had. I still want to sometime in the future so I can become CPR certified. I think everyone should take a CPR training course to help save lives! Just imagine if you could save someones life!



Courtley, C. (2012). SEAL survival guide: A Navy SEAL’s secrets to surviving any disaster. New York: Gallery Books.


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