Drowning Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Drowning Dream Symbol – If you dream that you are drowning it is a symbol that you are too deep 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 your 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 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 Drowning 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 a 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. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. Hey guys my names Joseph I’m in a LOng distance relationship I had a dream we’re my girlfriend swimming in a hot tub in different places and I was trying to reach for her love I was on the side of the hot tub sad upset I feel like she avoiding me and I stared in the hot tub for a few seconds and felt like I’m useless to her and I jumped in the hot tub and drowned and when I woked up I thought there was actually water in my mouth thought I couldn’t breathe.

    • I had a similar dream to this but we were in a bathtub Me and my bf of 6 years. I was drowning in the bathtub and I seen him but I was trying to reach him and I couldn’t trying to get his attention woke up with heavy eyes and I thought their was water in my mouth while waking up. This was a weird dream tell me how your life is a year later

  2. I was going on a hike with my family, there was a beautiful sunset behind a stream/lake?) and I was trying to get a picture. But some girls were getting on my nerves by messing with me, so I stepped deeper in the water but when I did, that’s when I fell in and after a second I began to drown. When I woke up, it felt like I was having a panic attack, I had chest pain and uneasy breathing, I mean I was also in a state of panic.

  3. I was waiting to get into an elevator. The elevators were not the usual kind of elevators however, they were stone. No doors but I knew the elevator was behind the stone walls. The two women who were there stepped through the wall and into the supposed elevator. I couldn’t get there before the elevator seemed to leave so frantically tried to find another elevator. The walls seemed to begin swinging back and forth and I couldn’t catch one to enter another elevator.

    Next thing I was on about the 3rd or 4th rung of a ladder and a man was yelling at two other men saying “Put her in this cage and throw her into the water, right over there. Let’s see how long she can’t breath under water.” The cage was what appeared to be a very large wire cage, just large enough for a person to fit and ‘the water’ seemed to be the ocean next to a dock beside a building.

    The two men pulled me off the ladder and was pulling me toward the cage. I screamed yelling out “Why me!? No! No! No!” and managed to get out of their grip. I started fleeing across a large field with them staying right behind me. I could go no further when I reached the corner of a chain link fence. I turned around, fell against the corner pole and locked each hand into the chain links, holding on for my life. Suddenly on the other side of each side of the fence were ‘things’ that I could not see and they began touching my hands.

    That woke me up.

  4. I dreamt about swimming inside a flooded facility. I tried to look for any opening in the roof for air for what seems like a couple of minutes, until I can’t find any. And it suddenly came to me that it was just a dream and I have control, so I tried breathing still expecting to choke from water but I didn’t. From there it all became blurry for I tried waking myself up. What can you see as a meaning for this? Thank you.

  5. I had a dream where I had seen a swimmer comport a race and won so I had wanted to complete one but when I started, I noticed a weight on my foot and I had started fine however as it went I had started to dip towards the bottom of the pool and then I would push myself back up and finally when I was close to the end I didn’t make it and instead ended up sinking towards the pool floor. Now I could feel myself taking deep breaths but in the dream I still drowned and I woke up with a start. I still have no idea what it means because I could feel my breathing but still drowned.

  6. Precious Owusuaa on

    My boyfriend broke up with me sake of some issue and I understand him and right after the break up, my old friend called me and told me about a dream she had about me. It was something like “I was swimming for our old school and I was winning but during the finals, ,I drowned and couldn’t survive “…..I felt like God reveals to redeem so I to pray so that we will come back again…… I’m so confused…..

  7. I dreamed that I was in the ocean with an unfamiliar crowd. Someone was on a tricycle boat kind of thing. I ended up off of whatever I was floating on and in the water. Then I went under. I kept falling down and fighting to get back up, and finally I told myself the bottom with come and push up to the top. But the bottom took FOREVER. When I finally got there I felt like I was not going to have enough air to get back to the top I was so deep. I began to panic and woke up as I was coming back up.

  8. I dreamt my significant other & my daughter were being swept away in a river. It was my boyfriend, daughter then myself & if we went down any further we would have definitely drowned but we kept reaching out for each other able to grab each others arm to stay together as i would grab along the side to keep from flowing down any further. We would loose grip of each other every now & then but we fought to grab each other again… Noone drowned & we eventually made it out

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