Drowning Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Drowning Dream Symbol – If you dream that you are drowning it is a symbol that you are too deeply into a relationship or idea and it is clouding your life in a way that is bringing imbalance to your journey. Dreaming of drowning is almost always a warning that you have gone too far or gotten in too deep.

DrowningSeeing yourself drown in a dream may also indicate that you are overwhelmed with emotion in your waking life. Perhaps you have too many things going through you mind and they are all starting to pull you down under the water.

To survive a drowning may indicate that a relationship in your life may survive a rough patch that you are going through. Alternatively, this dream could point to your ability to survive difficult situations that seem impossible to escape.

A dream that you rescue someone from drowning may indicate your desire to be there for the people close to you. If you fail to rescue someone from drowning, the dream is showing you that some things are simply out of your control, no matter what you do.

Taking a moment to reflect upon your life and determine what you are spending too much time, energy, or money on will help you to save yourself from an imminent failure. While perseverance is typically a good thing, dreaming about drowning is a sign that you should give up on an enterprise before it destroys you, literally or metaphorically.

Sinking dream

Dreaming that you are sinking could indicate that you are being weighed down by the burdens that other people have placed on you. Perhaps it is time to free yourself from some of these expectations and duties and focus on your own needs. Alternatively, there could be a project or relationship that you are in that is on its last legs. The dream may be telling you that the boat is sinking and it is time to start heading in a new direction.

Additional Meanings

Dreaming of drowning is about drowning in your emotions. This is a warning you will soon be tested emotionally. It may all overwhelm you if you do not prepare. It can be a time where major changes occur unexpectedly in your life. This could signify growing from a child to a teenager, from a teenager to an adult. If others drown, there are negative habits you need to let go of such as eating junk food and drinking excessive alcohol. It can also mean this is the end of an old lifestyle that no longer serves you well. Drowning is a sign that you are about to be reborn.

If your dream is of struggling against drowning, you are fighting strong emotions. You may be confused or hurt, and struggling to come to terms with your emotions. This can be your subconscious alerting you to areas you need to face. If you drown in a panic, there are huge emotional changes coming. Struggling in the water indicates your emotional struggles in real life. You may currently be highly anxious. Are you living in a pressure cooker?

Drowning in a bath can indicate there are hidden depths to your emotions. You need to explore them more closely. Drowning in the sea indicates there are obstacles in your path. Struggling for breath in the water signifies struggling for self-confidence in your real life. Dreaming of being rescued means there are many who rely on you. There is support there when you need it. Just ask.

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. I recently started at a Culinary College, and ever since I’ve noticed handful of my dreams happen to be there. I was at one of the many huge sinks they have, washing dishes, when I looked across the room and saw someone I noticed that I haven’t seen in years. (Also wasn’t really close to the guy) I called him over, he came by, grabbed my neck and pushed my head into the water. I was trying to get his hands off of me, going faster as I couldn’t breathe as easily, when I noticed I was about to die. I thought to myself I can wake up from this. So I did

  2. I had a dream I kept drowning and my best friend kept laughing at me, at the same time I had a dream I was sinking in mud what does this mean

  3. I had a dream that drowning was the only way to save me from something. Then i willingly went under water, and someone pushed down on my chest. I could actually feel the pressure and could feel not being able to take a breath in. I was totally calm in the dream but was scared.

  4. I dreamt of drowning…(I can swim really well) it was clear water…and I was sinking to the bottom…and the water..?? it wasn’t too deep…I could still see the light..above…but I didn’t try to swim my way up… I just let go…n hit the bottom….
    What does that mean?

  5. I dreamed I was walking to the woods on this long trail that turned into like a dock and I was over water and it broke. I fell in and drowned. I woke up gasping for air.

  6. I dreamt of my dead grandmother drowning again and again.Once or twice she was saved by a person I couldn’t not see his face.Third time she stood up and jumped into the sea.I jumped into the sea to save her although I didn’t know how to swim.One of my friends came from nowhere and saved her but I drowned despite of trying so hard to survive

  7. I dreamt I was in the ocean kicking off the bottom then going up for air over and over, but I grew tired and didn’t kick hard enough and ended up sinking and too tired to get to air. I woke up from not being able to breathe, I guess I was holding my breath

  8. Virginia Bown on

    I dreamt I was walking through a part of a town that I did not know at all. It was very dark out…I was walking downhill, I could tell there was water on the road with leaves laying on top of it but I thought I could wade through it thinking it was only ankle deep. As I hit the water, I realized in an instant there was no road at all and I went down almost the length of my body into the water. I felt a piece of what I thought was concrete and tried to get a footing on it but it broke off. That’s when I realized that the buildings that were standing there were just the front of the buildings, everything else was gone due to a dirty fast-moving River. The river current was so strong it had taken most of the buildings away. As I tried to grab onto one last object, I couldn’t grab it and I started floating away into the darkness of the river…My heart sunk and I panicked​, i felt all alone, and the empty realization that my life was over. The water was moving to fast I couldn’t do anything to stop it. I was panicking so bad as I woke up i realizied I was moaning so loudly in real life….I woke my partner​.

  9. Pallavi sinha on

    Please help me.
    I dreamt that a temple is surrounded with water but it’s not exactly submerged or drowning in the water. What does it mean?

  10. I dreamt of our horse (which we don’t have) pulling a heavy load across our backyard. My brother (deceased) did not guide him and he bolted sideways. The load he was pulling slid into the pool and dragged the horse down along with it. We were unable to get the harness off in time or revive him.

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