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    Default swimming pool *vent*

    So i took DD and DS to the indoor pools(a different one than we usually go to) today. It was great UNTIL...

    So DS is only 13 months but VERY confident in the water (sometimes a little too much), he likes to wade around the shallows by himself. Im happy to let him do this. I feel it boosts his confidence...and also, he hates the deep end and cries non-stop if i hold him. So im letting DS wade around...my eyes are on him AT ALL TIMES and the 'lifeguard' (who was no more than 16 years old) says in a rear snotty tone 'you HAVE to hold him'. The she watches me like a hawke for the next HOUR making sure im holding him (i am and he cried constantly).

    NOW, we go to the pools at least once a week so im FULLY aware of what hes capable of!!! Im NOT an idiot...im NOT going to leave my ONE year old UNSUPERVISED in the water!!!

    So to you, 16 year old 'lifeguard', please tell me exactly what the problem was...the fact that you actually had to do YOUR JOB and watch the swimmers!!!!!!


    Dont get me wrong, water safety is important but do I thnk i know what my child is and isnt capable of BETTER THAN YOU!!!!

    Sorry, vent over!!!

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    Gees, bit much.

    Pool we go to just have to keep them within arm length.

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    I probably would of told her where to go! Maybe she needs to concentrate on the people that carry on like idiots and make it unsafe for kids trying to have a swim

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    at the end of the day she is there to do a job and if the pools policy and condition of entry is that all children to a certain age must be held by an adult in the pool then you should not let it upset you, if she was really rude about enforing the policy then you should complain to management. She doesn't know that your child is confident in the water and its on her head if anything happens on her watch. Just saying.....

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    if it was me I would have asked for a refund and left. How will your child learn to be confident if they can't have some freedom and why didn't they tell you as you entered that you had to hold him?

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    Well, I lost my 5 yr old niece in a public pool last year because lifeguards were not paying attention which made them step up their supervision rules and id wished ther ehad been a guard like that around when she died. Tell me, was this in the big pool *could* there have been a chance of him getting deeper, or was it in a kiddies wade pool that doesnt get deep? coz if its the latter than i think your right, if its not well, just be lucky that someone was watching your child in case you got distracted for a second because thats ALL it takes. Drowning is silent too.

    FTR My niece drowned in water she could stand in.

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    I don't envy lifeguards, I think that's a position of pretty weighty responsibility and at the end of the day, she was doing her job. Children do drown in public pools sadly and very unfortunately and I'd say that would be in the back of the mind of every lifeguard when on duty.

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    I dunno - I think you are being harsh OP. maybe she meant you need to be able to hold him at all times (i.e. arms length), particularly as you had another young one to watch at all times too.

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    I have a very confident 17 month old who has been holding her breath under water since she was 4-5 months. Very very confident now. She will jump in and if i'm not there just sink. There have been a few times she has jumped into pools and I've had to go in after her fully clothed because of this. It takes not even a few seconds for drowning to occur. It takes not even 4mils of water for dry drowning to occur. The life guard was doing her job. I also think you may be being a bit to harsh.

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    At our local pools you have to be within arms reach at all times.

    I don't see the issue. She was doing her job.

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