Experts share swimming safety tips

Swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent, experts say.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Every single day in the US, 10 people die from unintentional drowning, according to CDC.

Just this week, two toddlers almost drowned in Gaston County.

With the weather warming and pools getting ready to open, NBC Charlotte went to the experts for water safety tips and tricks that could save your family’s life.

“You want to make sure they feel safe and comfortable as early as possible,” said Shelly Wickerd, a manager at Charlotte Aquatics.

The center offers lessons to kids as young as three months old.

“Swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent,” Wickerd said. “Swim lessons this time of year is crucial.”

With spring break in full swing and the warm weather drawing kids outside, parents are flocking to swim centers to sign up for lessons.

“I have a lot of fears of anything happening to my kids,” parent Nick Liveno said. “If there's anything I can do to prevent that, like getting them enrolled in swimming, it's just going to make me feel a lot more comfortable.”

Experts say every child who gets in a pool should know how to float on their back—even infants.

And parents should sure their little swimmers aren’t wearing themselves out.

“Every couple hours or every hour ask your kids if they need a break or if they're getting too tired,” Wickerd suggests.

For more swim safety tips, click here.

To learn more about Charlotte Aquatics and the lessons they offer, click here.

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