Swim Safety: Here's what you need to know to prevent drowning

ORONO, Maine (WABI) - It's the time of year when many of us will be visiting our favorite lakes, or swimming pools, to cool off.

We caught up with a water safety instructor Wednesday to get some tips on how you and your family can be safe in and around the water this summer.

Summer is a little more than a week away.

As schools let out, many families will be heading to the lake or the pool.

But, there are always risks when swimming.

According to the Center for Disease Control, every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning.

Staff at the University of Maine Recreation Center say the biggest thing for parents is to stay vigilant when their kids are in the water.

"Don't ever take your eyes off of your kid, even though there is facilities with lifeguards and without lifeguards. The more eyes on the kid, the better," explained UMaine Aquatics Coordinator, Adrianna Del Amo.

Life-saving devices such as lifejackets are also crucial, especially in open water.

"Sometimes a kid will get in the pool with a lifejacket that is a little too big, and you'll get that space. You don't want any space. You want to be able to tug on it and when the kid goes in the water nothing is becoming detached or it's not too big on them," said Del Amo.

Before taking action to rescue someone, call for help, as it is never best to go in after someone who has fallen in. Instead...

"You know throw something at them," said Del Amo. "Have a good stance, and then you would be able to pull them in, and that is for water that is over head. It's possible that a kid could start drowning right here, so if you're able to walk in and bring their head above water, then you're helping out a great deal as well."

And finally prevention is the best way to fight tragedy.

Aquatics Director, Adrianna Del Amo recommends getting your kids comfortable with the water as soon as possible.

"It's really important that kids start at an early age in the swim lessons, so when they want to be independent and go in the water themselves, they've got that foundation."