Swim instructors at the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA say above all, remember to stay calm.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-- With the recent hot weather, more people are drowning in West Michigan.
But 13 is On Your Side to make sure you don't become a statistic. Two swim instructors from the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA met up with us at the pool to share these six tips to help save your life:
#1: Wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
#2: Make sure you swim with a buddy.
#3: If you become tired, roll onto your back, hold your face out of the water and continue swimming using a resting stroke, like the elementary back stroke.
#4: Above all, stay calm.
#5: If you find yourself in cold water, move into the "help position". Curl up in a ball and lay on your back to help conserve warmth and energy.
#6: If you do not have a life jacket on, you can use a survival or resting float, where your legs and arms hang down in the water.