UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- As summer heats up, the Purvis Park Pool will be filled with up to 400 adult and child swimmers a day.
The more people, the more difficult it is for lifeguards and parents to see children.
"They turn the backs on their kids. That's when problems will happen and kids will go face down, so it's important to always keep an eye on your kids," said Head Lifeguard Gretchen Ebner.
Ebner and lifeguard Teresa Finch demonstrated three simple ways to keep most people from drowning.
Gretchen says the first thing to remember is to stay calm as you try to get onto your back.
"Just remember that if you do get on your back you will be able to breath," said Ebner.
Once on your back, breathe deeply by extending your head back and your chest up.
"You want to fill your stomach up with air so you'll stay afloat, keep your legs straight and still," said Ebner.
Lastly, if you can't get help, depending on the depth of the water, try bobbing your way to shallow water.
Hold your breath and sink to the bottom, then push off with your feet to the surface for air.
Repeat it again and again until you've reached an area where you can safely touch the bottom.
When you're in a life threatening situation staying calm is easier said then done, but the experts say the more you panic the more you'll throw your arms and legs around and sink.