Drill Library: Dead Mans Float Test

Understand Why We Do The Drill, :

  • Allows us to test your natural floatability
  • Demonstrates how your lungs float while your legs sink.

How To Do It:

The Movement:

  • Begin with a mushroom float by
  • Taking a deep breath in and then hold your breath
  • Lift your feet up off the floor and lower your head into the water
  • Tuck your body into a ball, bring your knees up to your chest and hold your shins with your hands.
  • Once you’ve floated up to the surface, release your legs and begin to extend them out behind you.
  • As you extend your legs out behind you, stretch your arms out in front of you at the same time.
  • Notice how your legs sink as you open up your body
  • When your legs have stopped sinking or you run out of breath, stand up

Things To Focus On:

  • Make sure you take a deep breath in. Fill up your lungs with air before you lift your feet and drop your head into the water.
  • Try to relax your body as much as possible as you do the test.