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What Does It Mean to Dream of Someone Drowning?

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Drowning in a dream is traumatic. When you see someone else drowning, it can be even worse. If you are unable to save them, you feel helpless and desperate. This is certainly the case if you actually know the individual in your dreams. When you dream of someone drowning, it can mean a number of different things. To figure out the true meaning, you have to look at how you feel in the dream, who is drowning and exactly what happens next.

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Dreaming that you are personally drowning tends to show that you are overwhelmed by your feelings. A repressed emotion or experience from the past may be coming back to haunt you. The dream shows that you are in the process of trying to unearth your subconscious thoughts, but you are moving too quickly with them. The sense of drowning is because you should move slower as you learn to understand these feelings. If you die from drowning, it actually shows an emotional rebirth. Meanwhile, surviving the experience shows that a situation or relationship in your real life will survive the turmoil that you currently feel.

What If It Is Someone Else Drowning?

When you dream of someone drowning other than yourself, it often shows that you are becoming too involved in something. There may be a situation where you have become too involved in everything that is happening, and it feels like everything is beyond your control. You feel like you are drowning in your dream because you feel like you are drowning in your real life.

Another reason why you may dream of someone drowning is because it feels like you are losing your identity. This type of thing often happens when you become involved with someone romantically. It is easy to lose your own sense of identity as you become wrapped up in your identity as a couple. While this is understandable and quite common, it can make your own emotional and mental health take a nosedive. It feels like you are losing yourself and are unable to differentiate who you actually are.

dream of drowning child

What If You Rescue Someone From Drowning?

As we mentioned before, the dreams about someone drowning can really vary in meaning depending on what actually happens in the dream. When you are rescuing someone from drowning, it shows something entirely different than when someone is just drowning in the dream. In this case, it generally demonstrates that you have succeeded in recognizing the emotions and characteristics represented by the victim. You are allowing yourself to be vulnerable and to truly understand your feelings. Now, you are able to accept help from others and are able to maintain your identity within the relationship.

When you dream that you are rescuing someone from drowning and fail, then it shows a sense of fear. You may be numb with fear in your real life, which is preventing you from taking action. The fear is holding you back, so you have to figure out which situation causing this feeling to happen.



In the majority of cases, a dream about drowning is a sign that you have gotten too deep into something or you have gone father than you should have. You have to take a step back and analyze your life to see what it could mean. Often, the person who is drowning shows the person or situation that you are too deeply involved in. They or the situation they represent may be clouding your life. It is causing you to be imbalanced emotionally, physically and mentally. Because of all this, it is hard for you to find the peace that you need and to be happy.

Other Interpretations

There are different variations of this dream, and they all have slightly different meanings. We will cover some of the most common dream variations on drowning that you may encounter.

Sinking: If you are sinking in the dream, it may mean that you are being weighed down by the stress and burdens in your life. It could also mean that there is a relationship or project that is on its last legs. The dream may be trying to tell you that the situation is sinking, and you need to jump ship before it is too late.

Baths: If you are drowning in a bath tub, it may show that there is a hidden depth to your emotions. While your emotions initially seem shallow like the tub, there are further depths for you to explore.

Drowning at Sea: Drowning in the ocean shows that there may be an obstacle in your path. You may feel like it is difficult to keep moving forward because this obstacle is blocking your way. Before you can end this type of dream, you have to figure out what the obstacle is and develop a plan for solving it.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. You are correct, it is common for dreams to simply be dreams. Thank you for supporting our community. Have a great day, Pat!

  1. I have grown up on the water. Saved friends from drowning in rapids and surf. But I have a recurring dream of not being able to save drowning people. It’s in a vortex or whirlpool that sucks them under, and as I get closer I have to swim away. And , yes my personal life is stressed . So sometimes a dream is more than a dream. Now I can focus on how to get out of the whirlpool. Many thanks.

    • Your dream is likely a reflection of the personal stresses that you have in your life at this time. The water in your dream is a reflection of your behaviors and lifestyle. The vortex may be something that you are familiar with, but feel that you may not be able to overcome it. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Chris!

  2. I live in the bahamas and i dreamt that i visted another island … Me personally i cant swim …and my bestfriend showed uo to the island a a house party however i wanted to go back to nassau . so we took a bus but it went in the water i love back at her because her daugther dipoed in the watee and i told the guy a baby is on board . he said he didnt care we finally reach on the rocks to in an actually boat and when i look back the baby fell in the water … I see my best friend swimmingg around in a cloudy water and im screaming for people to help i felt it was my fault for letting her come … But i didnt she just appeared to be there . when i left my family behind . so someone finally jumps in and found the baby she was upset and threw her stone cold body to me i turn her around she was stiff her lips where dark amd she looked like she was trying to breath i tried cpr and it was succesful the second time after breathing into her mouth her eyes opened and i hug her ….. I felt a bond i felt warm i cried with joy that she was okay ….im confused because i only saw her twice . i dont have a string bond i was woreied hoping ntn would happen in real life

    • This dream is a reflection of your social influences in your life. Your behaviors in this dream are manifestations of your potential behaviors during your waking life. Saving someone’s life is always an aspect of a positive dream. Allow this dream to guide you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will ensure that positive people and energy will enter into your life. Have a great day, Isheba!

  3. I had a dream that my little sister was drowning in the sea and I couldn’t do anything about it, the sea was dark but see through and it’s creeped me out all day

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional connection with your sister and your awareness that the world is large and dangerous. You are a practical person and your dream is a sign of your behaviors. Allow this dream to guide you to spend additional time with your sister. This will help to strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Beth!

      • Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. Please share more of your thoughts and feelings in the future. Have a great day, Liyah!

  4. Ive been having crazy dreams of death from shoot outs to people shooting me in the head. Now this dream is new i was floating at sea with alot of people i had never seen but from the convo we were close, one guy took off hise life jacket then was sucked to the bottom to a graphic death while everybody laughed and joked.

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. You are aware of the recent shootings. The media the you consume may have manifested in this dream. You may feel as though there are people who would not support you if you were in trouble. Reduce the amount of influences in your life at this time. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone that you come across. Have a great day, Tim!

  5. I dreamt that my ex partner was on his way to tour overseas. He said i could go with but as a friend. I stole some of his underware and hid it from him. Also cologne i took from his bag and hid it. This stressed me out

    • Your dream is a reflection of your previous emotional connection with your ex. Your behaviors in your dream are indications of your jealously and desire to control his actions. However, these actions were likely influenced by your previous connection with him. Allow thoughts of him to fade. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Reduce stress in your life at this time, and you will find that these dreams will become less likely to manifest. Have a great day, Leigh!

  6. I dreamt that 2 little girls were playing in water. Then all of a sudden they were under the water. When i reached them the one was dead already and the other one still alive. But i did not attempt to go in the water. Instead i called the girls parents and grandfather. This was sooo clear and scary

    • Your attempt to save the lives of the girls is a reflection of your positive behaviors. You did not enter the water because you felt it was better to contact their family members. It is possible that the media you consume has influenced this dream. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Leigh!

  7. In mine I am in a gully with Rocky wall on one side and my two children and nephew are playing up steam in a tiny creek in the widening my husband is sitting near me and my dog is down stream. I notice water start to come down the rocky wall and run into the creek. I say to my husband it must be raining heavily somewhere this is a bad sign we should get out of here. By the time I turn a flash food is already starting I run across the path, where water would flow, before it comes. I am yelling to get out. I’m trying to grab to dogs collar to bring him to safety but he fights me and I see him get swept away. I know I can’t help him, turn my attention to the kids who are now getting push by violent white water. My husband is in the middle of it too but I know he can get out. The kids are trying to get to me which is putting them in more danger, I am yelling to them how to get out of the currentWe all get out. I’m aware of other affected by the flood. The water is extremely violent, all white and visible turbulence. I go search down stream to see if the dog managed to survive it. Following the creek then I suddenly realise the flood had gone no further and it was dry. I walk in the dry creek bed and I see the dog around a bend and an older man, who has his own dogs and is expecting me to come looking, is sitting with him.

    • This dream may be a reflection of a wide variety of influences in your life. It is clear that you care for the animals and people who are in your life. Your attempts to support those who are in your life are manifestations of your positive behaviors. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Perhaps the older man may be a reflection of someone else in your life. Have a great day, Julie!

  8. I just woke up from a dream where I was thrown into the ocean. I told them I couldn’t swim but they laughed and pushed me into the water anyway. I was struggling and calling for help but they just stood there and laughed as I drowned when I didn’t resurface that’s when everyone got concerned. They jumped in the water but couldn’t find me. Someone eventually pulled me out of the water and I survived. What does that mean

    • This dream may be a reflection of various influences in your life. You may be influenced by your fears, specifically fears of insecurity or death. The people in your dream may have been manifestations of people who were once in your life. Ensure that this dream guides you to always act with kindness and compassion. You will find great benefit in helping those who are in need of your support. Have a great day, Taye!

  9. I had a dream that a boy I know was on a boat at sea and got caught in some really big waves that made his boat turn over and when he tried to lift his head above the water the waves kept pushing him under he held his breathe for so long and eventually he got too tired to try and lift his head so he just let the waves push him to the shore but when he reached the shore he had no breathe left to try and get out the water and he just fainted and drowned and it was like I was just watching from a distance it felt like I was watching it on the tv but I was there and I couldn’t do anything for him

    • Your dream may be a reflection of your knowledge of storms and boats. The media that you consume may have manifested in this dream as well. It is possible that you feel as though this person is suffering, but you are aware that you can not do anything about it. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Delilah!

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