How to avoid drowning even if you don’t know how to swim

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says 87 kids drowned in Texas last year

Now that more people are taking to the pool, rivers, lakes and oceans to cool off, one tragic part is the number of people who drown every year.

But, there are things you can do to save your life even if you don’t know how to swim.

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 87 kids drowned in Texas last year alone.

Meanwhile, The American Red Cross says barely half of all adults in the United States can swim safely.

So what can do to keep yourself safe? says you can start by choosing swim spots safely.

If you can find one with a lifeguard nearby, that’s even better since they are trained to do things like CPR and specialized water rescues when needed.

But, don’t just rely on them -- make sure to take personal responsibility and use common sense as well.

Next, if you find yourself losing control, try to not panic.

Many places, like the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, have advised using the ‘flip, float, follow’ technique.

It says if you’re drowning, flip on your back then float on your back to keep your head above the water and conserve energy.

Finally, follow the safest way to safety.

If you happen to get caught in a rip current, experts say you should swim perpendicular to the current’s flow until you’re out of it and then swim to shore.

Finally, and most obviously, the best way to avoid drowning is to learn how to swim.

There are lots of places around San Antonio that offer swim lessons.

Many instructors can even have you at least proficient enough to prevent yourself from drowning within a few weeks.

Remember, even if you are a strong swimmer, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard life jacket if you’re feeling uncomfortable around water, especially on boats.