According to the speaker in "the first lesson", a dead mans float is a. lying face down in the water b. driving energetically in the tidewater c. thrashing to the island aimlessly d. the sea holding the swimmer facing upward
A dead man's float can also be a prone floating position, used especially by beginning swimmers, with face downward, legs extended backward, and arms stretched forward.
According to the speaker in "The First Lesson," a dead mans float is lying face down in the water.
The words employed by the author were: "A dead-
man's float is face down."
The poem The First Lesson which was written by Philip Booth is a lesson in life skills. It empowers the young one to move ahead in life against odds. It teaches the art of survival in times of facing crisis.
At the beginning the poem portrays a sense of security that a child has when she is accompanied with an adult.