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Drowning can be a scary and dangerous event to occur because it can cause death and other permanent injuries when not rescued fast enough. This complete drowning dream interpretations will list out the most common scenarios for your drowning related dreams.

Drowning typically depicts the feeling of being overwhelmed by emotions. Pay attention to the context of the type of drowning that you are suffering, the condition of the water, context of how drowning occurred, and finally the aftermath or the result of the drowning. All of these details can offer subtle clues to help you interpret the drowning dream.

Dream About You Are Drowning
Drowning in the dream typically suggests that you are feeling overwhelmed by emotions such as sorrow and depression.

Dreaming about drowning can be triggered hidden or repressed emotions resurfacing and coming back to haunt you. For example, if you see someone in the waking life that resembles someone that you have lost.

If the dream features doing active sports while being drowning such as swimming, it may suggest that you are going too fast and pushing yourself too hard. Consider slowing down to proceed more cautiously and slowly.

Lastly, drowning typically suggests dangers that can either be prevented or salvaged if rescued on time. It can also reflect your own personal fear of drowning.

When dreaming about almost or near drowning but didn’t, it suggest that you were able to avoid an uncomfortable situation in the waking life. Perhaps you were able to get out of dead end job that were taking away your life and spirit.

Dream About Drowning Someone
When the dream is about actively trying to drown someone into the water, it signifies the feeling or emotions that you want to repress about certain events or people. For example, if you had a bad break up with your ex boyfriend or ex girlfriend, you may dream about drowning them so that you will never have to think or face them ever again. The action of drowning does not necessarily mean that you want to murder them, but rather a reflection of you trying to repress you own thoughts.

Dream About Someone Else Drowning
To see someone drowning in your dream, and you feel hopeless and not able to do anything about, suggests that you deeply involved in something that is beyond your control. There is nothing that you can do to alter the outcome of the events.

When you feel emotionless when seeing someone else drowning, it represents a sense of loss in your own identity and feeling. You let those feelings fade away into the water without any signs of care.

To rescue someone from drowning in the dream indicates that you have successfully acknowledged your own emotions, or that you have the power to alter the course of your life.

If you fail to make the rescue, then it implies that you are numb from fear. Consider a situation in your waking life where you are letting fear dictate your actions.

When the drowning dream features a loved one close to you such as wife or husband drowning, it reflects your innate fear of losing the person due to health issues. If it your close family members that are drowning in the dream such as mother, father, brother, sister, it can suggest they are undergoing emotional or financial difficulties such as “under the water”.

Dream About Baby or Child Drowning
Seeing a child drown in a dream can be scary and worrisome. However, sometimes they are simply a reflection of fear of drowning happening to your children, or they can have other meanings.

In a child drowning dream, if the child is not your own, then a child might represent a young, creative or emotionally invested responsibility. Perhaps you are asked to put away your childish nature or side, to be able to face the harshness of the adulthood.

When you “know” that the child is yours, but you are actually childless in real life. The drowning child represent a project or job in danger. Perhaps the tide of events are going against you and you have limited ways of rescuing the job. For example, if you are in a retail job or a small business owner, the dream may be caused by a changing environment or a major competitor taking away your livelihood.

The gender of the drowning child can reflect the type of projects that is reflected in the dream. For example, a drowning son can reflect projects that are more dominant, assertive, and aggressive in nature, pPerhaps it could be a take over attempt. Dreaming about a drowning daughter is typically more nurturing and family oriented in nature, perhaps it could be about a dying or a relationship in trouble.

To dream about your own child drowning, it can be a natural fear when your children are constantly involved in water related sports. Drowning is always a risk and possibility that can occur. It is your mind’s way of trying to remind yourself to be prepared and actively looking out for your children. In this case, a drowning son or daughter simply reflect your waking life son and daughter.

To observe a baby being drowned, it can reflect an idea or thought terminating early in the planning stage. The idea has ended before it has even started. Dreaming of rescuing or saving a drowning baby means that you are allowing yourself to be vulnerable and accepting help from others.

In the case of drowning dream, baby animals such as puppies or kittens typically relate to the baby more than their adult counterparts.

Dream About Different Drowning Locations or Scenarios
Drowning in a Middle of a Swimming Race
Drowning inside a dream in a middle of a swim race, suggests that you are pushing yourself hard against other opponents. Perhaps you are trying to compete with neighbors, coworkers, or friends with luxurious lifestyles. But you do not have the resources or stamina to keep up with their actions. You end up drowning yourself with debts or sadness that you can no longer keep up with them.

Drowning in a Pool or Bathtub
To dream of drowning in a swimming pool while alone can indicate that the life the person has built for themselves is no longer sustainable. It can reflect bad spending habits in the waking life.

Drowning in a Car
Dreaming about drowning in a car submerged in water after an car accident, suggests that your goals may not go well as planned, and you will end up in a emotional depression when faced with future failures.

Drowning on a Sinking Boat
Drowning on a sinking boat suggests your inability to accept reality. You believe that you can handle your negative feelings, however staying on the sinking boat will lead to tragic results and end up eating you alive. Drowning on sinking boat is a reminder that your path is going down and you should act fast to get yourself out of the situations.

Drowning in the Ocean or Sea
To dream about drowning in middle of no where in the ocean, suggests inability to find stability. You are out of strength to continue floating and going against the wave of life. The dream can suggest that you have lost people whom you have relied on in waking life, you no longer have the support and the deepening sorrow is killing you, both mentally and materialistically.

Drowning in a River
To drown in a river in the dream, because of the ongoing current or stream of water, suggests that you cannot deal with the ongoing responsibilities or needs of daily life. You feel entrapped by all the things that life throw at you and you cannot gain a good foothold. If the river drowning occurred because of wrongful gauge of the water depth, it suggests that you need a better understanding of the dangers lurking in seemingly safe locations.

Drowning from a Tsunami or Other Natural Disasters
A drowning dream that relate to natural disasters such as storm, flood or even tsunami, reflects the different types of emotions that align with the event. For example, drowning cause by tsunami can typically relate to repressive emotions that have exploded and can no longer be repressed.

Drowning in Mud
Drowning in mud or dark dirty water suggests imbalances in your moral stability, something that is bad for you not only spiritually and morally. Perhaps you have been having an affair and cannot get yourself out of the situation, while you feel mentally bad about your actions.

Drowning in Blood
To dream about drowning in a pool of blood, suggest that you have recently made decisions that destroyed the livelihood of others. Drowning in blood can suggest that your guilt is overcoming you in the subconscious. However, if the dream features your lungs are drowning in your own blood and that you cannot breathe, it can be a fear of death coming from various type of trauma.

Drowning Under Ice Or Glass
To drown under a layer of ice or glass in the dream, suggests that you feel trapped by your situation emotionally. It suggests an overbearing relationship that you feel that you cannot get out of. It could be boyfriend or girlfriend who is suffocating you.

Dream About Drowning Animals
When you dream about drowning events that occur with animals, the animals almost always represent your own characters or someone else in your waking life. Try to relate the different drowning scenarios with the animal symbols to get better interpretations of the dream.

Drowning Cat:
A drowning cat can usually symbolize you independent spirit, feminine sexuality, creativity, and power. Or it could relate to the female figures in your life that exhibit feisty cat like behaviors or attitudes.

Drowning Dog:
A drowning dog usually symbolizes loyalty and friendship. Perhaps you have a friend who is undergoing emotional troubles. Or it could suggests that your work skill is getting out of touch with the real world.

Drowning Horse:
A drowning horse relates to your ability to carry out life. It suggests that your emotions is hindering your ability to be mobile and flexible. It may be time to try to deal with the depression.


Drowning Dream Interpretation — 33 Comments

  1. Been having alot of disturbing dreams lately. But mine was very specific. I threw myself into the ocean knowing I cant swim to avoid being arrested for something ridiculous and letting myself drown.

    • It sounds like you would do harm to yourself, before you would let somebody get their way, that are being foolish against you.

  2. I had a dream me and a bunch of women and children were on a Call ofDuty Modern Warfare 3 map “Dome” and we entered the room by the bomb in S&D or on the top of the mini map and it started to flood. A door opened and everybody evacuated but I stayed behind INCASE any other kids were left behind who can’t swim. What I see are 3 kids floating face down in the water but since I was afraid to get them, I left them until someone else found them. Then I felt a heavy amount of guilt on my chest. Once I see they are dead I see them in a stretcher and the kids faces are the faces they made like they couldn’t breath. It was terrifying. The I woke up but it’s been on my mind all day. I swear this is 100% true and no troll. I need a reply because I have a huge amount of guilt on my chest but I’m not sure why because this never happened.

  3. I’v been saving a boy child from falling down from an upstair severally in my dreams, but could’nt recently.
    Pls what could that mean?

  4. I dreamt I was working with my father at a past residence in the garden with a fence between us both. My father slipped down a slight hill into thick mud which started to rise up his body, I jump over the fence to help pick him up but cannot move him from rising mud which is now upto his mouth, that is where the dream ends, do you know what this means?

  5. I have been dreaming that I am saving children from drowning, it is really a big fear and I always cry after saving them in the dream.

    What does it mean

    • I had a simlilar dream i jumped into the canal near my house to save a drowning baby girl..who jus kept sinking nd i was tryna grab her…i hav a nine yr old girl so i dont undrrstand wat it means.

  6. I had a dream that my little sister had her wrists locked together and she was pushed into a pool. She was drowning so I went to help her, but I realized I was wearing a straight jacket and I couldn’t help her. I cried very hard as I watched her drown. What does this mean?

  7. i have a recurring dream that i am a patient in a hostpital and the room is completely dark except a spot light on the bed i am laying in. suddenly a window lights up and i get up with one of the hostpital stand with the bag of blood i walk to the window. the blood bag bursts and my iv needle falls out and the room fills with my blood i stand looking out of the window watching people walk by not able to scream for help. a bird hits the window i scream then thats when i usually wake up.

  8. I dreamt about crossing to a flood in a river while carrying a child in my two shoulders. The mother of a child is with us (but in real life she doesn’t have a small kid). The current of the river is strong but we are easily crossed it and reached the other bank easily and the kid were smiling at me when we reach there.

  9. My daughters boyfried had a dream that his dog was drownig in his mums bath tub and he rescued him. What does that mean.

  10. Dreamt of drowning babies (but mine) but couldn’t save them. Twin newborn boys (about a month old) died in my arms and nobody wanted to help and a little girl (about 3yrs) lost in the water. I couldn’t scream or even move fast in the water cuz it was so cold. It was like a tsunami or ocean that broke a wall to my house. It was in my back yard. Cried so much in my dream and woke up crying to my waking life. Meaning?

  11. I had a dream that I was drowning in a swimming pool. I reached for anything to help me but nothing worked. I called for a certain person but they weren’t there. When I woke up I was still calling for that person.

  12. I had a dream i was in the jungle with my old school there and a old house and it was me and a girl and her mother and father the land was flooded everywhere but we were chilling in it then the girl went under i think she was pulled under by something so i screamed start feeling around and dove in this water was a black greeb color but i still opened my eyes and almost drowned trying to find her but i failed but then her parents said she washed ashore by the school so i set off and woke up my brother told me i was mumbling alot and i said “start feeling around” this was last night i cant sleep tonight.

  13. I dreamt tht my son jumped frm a fence on the road.
    But to climb back he has to enter muddy water , he doesn’t knw he will be pulled inside & I see him struggling to stay afloat. I am standing up helpless. Thts when I woke up!!

  14. I had a dream that my cousin daughter arm was stuck in the sink and the water fill up helping her end up made my new born baby drown but I panic then help and breath life back in my baby.

  15. I had a dream that I rescued a baby who had fallen into the docks. The patents were not interested but eventually I managed to feel a cold hand and pull the baby up. I had to cradle it and take it to hospital?

  16. In my dream, I was walking on a frozen ocean with my friends and all the creatures were frozen but not dead. Suddenly the ocean started to melt and only I was drowning, I hold onto something to keep my head up. I was looking at my friends and they were just casually watching me saying wait for a while, we’ll come., but something rubbed my foot and I woke up
    What does that mean?

  17. My dream was in a house not sure who? A baby in the tub and I was weak and saw the baby sitting and the water was filling up to the top and he was drowning I got to him and grab him out he was ok but the water was very cloud white and baby starter to cry but eye lids where red and blue with purple .. And saw all theses people around me where don’t know when they got there ..Then I walk up …

  18. I had a dream all my grand children were runnin around playin and im watching them from the inside of the house. My 3 yr old grand daughter was runnin so fast she fell in the river i saw this and immediately ran to the river and jumped in not knowing how to swim i didnt care. I felt for her under water then i jus went under grabbed my granddaughter and held her above water… I dont know how to swim but i wasnt lettin my grand baby go.then i woke up.

  19. I had a dream where me, my partner and daughter (8months) were taking a tour with a tour guide around a rockey lake and we came to a point where only one person could go at a time. The tour guide said it would be fine for him to help my daughter get across, they started walking across and then my daughter fell into the water. My partner and the tour guide just stood there so I jumped into the water down to grab her but once I got to her my arms wouldn’t move at all so I was just looking at her drowning, I tried my hardest to try and grab her. I look up to see my partner just looking and yelling for me to grab her.
    This dream really freaked me out and now with summer coming I don’t think I want to take my daughter anywhere near the water.
    Does anyone know what this dream may mean?

  20. I never dream, I’m a heavy sleeper and once in a blue moon I dream but is rare if I remember the dream. Today I dream about being in this mobile home kitchen (which I seen it before in my dreams) with my husband, mother in law and autistic 7 year old son. We were getting ready packing stuff for something when suddenly a flood came and the mobile home started flooding, I turn my head calling my mother in law name as she walks away to the door and my son follows her without me noticing. I felt abandoned by her at that moment. As me and husband argue the situation we noticed my son is not with us and we see him drawing outside we immediately swim outside trying to get him without success as we see him drawing at that point I panic not being able to get him I started screaming my lungs off statically like never before trying to reach my son. That’s when I hear him behind me running on soil next to me I hug him tight crying and he started crying because he saw me crying…
    I woke up scared and worried about my son.

    About this dream I felt abandoned by my mother in law the only person I only trust with my son also she’s the only one I rely on and only ask for favors when I really really need it and have no choice about it. She’s the only person I have deposit all my trust personally and financially. Since I’m a really independent woman work as a nurse who doesn’t ask for nothing in hard situations.
    I started trusting her a year ago when I saw how much my son loves her and trust leaving with her.
    I wonder what this drawning dream means

  21. I am 36 weeks pregnant. My dream last night was very vivid. I dreamed that I was on a ship that starts to sink and turned to ice on the inside in a room. I made it out of the ship only to return?

  22. Dreamt that I was drowning my older brother,pushing him down in the water with a white cloth around him. And also my late grandfather,also the same I’m drowning them with them having white over them.really bothers me

  23. I had a dream i was sat on a bridge with someone that i aint been in contact with for years, the bridge was really high and there was flowing fast water below, my dog fell off and i watched him falling until he hit the water, he was floating there on his back dead, i was about to jump off even though i cannot swim then i woke up in fear calling his name . what does this mean ?

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