Being lost at sea


This is a post about nearly dying and why stopping is so important.

A couple of years ago, I was swimming by myself in the sea off Sidmouth. I suffered SIPE (Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema) when 20–30 metres offshore in deep water. What that means is my throat constricted and my ability to breathe collapsed. This was how I became lost at sea.

The main content for this post is this 6 minute video I recorded in Sidmouth a couple of weeks ago.

In terms of Wayfinding theory, I find it interesting the way in which my perception was centered to myself and reduced to perceiving Boundaries.

In terms of Lostness theory, the life-saving importance of Stopping. How much floating on my back saved me.

In terms of my life, I’m glad not to have died.



Alastair Somerville

Sensory Design Consultant, usability researcher and workshop facilitator. Twitter @acuity_design & @visceralUX