First of all, this "ouais" is a slang, and the second "ouais" is totally unnecessary. You should use "oui" !
For baigner, usually it's reflexive, so se baigner, when you positively do the action of swimming. But, in the sentence, firstly, it's metaphorical, you don't actually swim, but the meaning of baigner in here means "to live", and secondly, you undergo this violent environment, you don't do the action of living like for swimming.
Hope that it is clear !