Originally Posted by blunted_nose
Went head first into a tree well on a revelstoke trip. My buddie's got me out, but i panicked really really fast, out of breath within 15 second's and eating snow. That scared the shit out of me but my friend's were laughin about it, i told them that such a well is scary as shit. Man if i didnt have buddies riding with me, id probably be dead right now. You feel sooooo hopeless in those, it is just so frightening. GEEZZZZ.
The most important thing you should learn from this is to calm yourself in an emergency. Its really hard to learn, but when you are surfing big waves and taking them on the head paddling out, you have to learn to be chill when you feel like you are in a washing mashine. Being out of control under water for 20 sec feels like 2 minutes.
Stop moving, empty your mind for 1 damn sec and just let it all go and think. Don't make moves that will worsen your situation. Consider clearing snow around your head so you can breathe first, worry about getting out next. Its totally different than surfing, but if the situation were truly life threatening, panicking and freaking out will significantly lower your chances of survival.