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    Haha hey B&B yanno AJ, we went there the other week and we couldn't see the rules for the waterside, DF took both boys up but he could only take one down at a time so I went up with DD in the ergo so DF could take them down one at a time, so I'm standing up there holding DS2s hand and DF has gone down with DS1 and were just hanging back letting other people have there turn while I waited for DF to come back up and the bloody head life guard radioed the chick who was supervising the slide asking her if I was going to go down the slide with the child AND the baby she didn't wait for a reply but went on to tell the LG that if i was going to I should take the baby down first then wait at the bottom to catch the child

    Going to the beach from now on, we're out numbered at the pool and we have to remain within arms reach at all times, yeah that works when you have 2 children to supervise!


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    I tend to agree with the PP's. Anything can happen sooooo quickly. Also, what may have happened in that pool? Or to that lifeguard? Have they witnessed a drowning or near drowning? Has this made them extra vigilant? I, for one, am pleased that this 16 year old is taking the precautions necessary to ensure that every one leaves the pool alive. If you're going to have them err, better that they err on the side of caution.

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    I find it hard to believe that a swimming pool would set out a rule that one year old needs to be held in the baby pool (assuming it was if it was that shallow). I thought general rule was arms reach / supervision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    Haha hey B&B yanno AJ, we went there the other week and we couldn't see the rules for the waterside, DF took both boys up but he could only take one down at a time so I went up with DD in the ergo so DF could take them down one at a time, so I'm standing up there holding DS2s hand and DF has gone down with DS1 and were just hanging back letting other people have there turn while I waited for DF to come back up and the bloody head life guard radioed the chick who was supervising the slide asking her if I was going to go down the slide with the child AND the baby she didn't wait for a reply but went on to tell the LG that if i was going to I should take the baby down first then wait at the bottom to catch the child

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    Ha Ha, this just made my day, I can just see someone going down a waterslide with a 6 month old in an ergo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bell & Bug View Post
    However, how many parents know first aid? How many parents would be able to keep a level head while their child is drowning, enough to tend to their child to provide first aid if need be?
    The lifeguards are there to keep an eye on everyone. Babies, children, teens, adults. Yes, parents SHOULD be keeping an eye on their children, but they can't always be blamed should their child drown. Not every parent whose child has drowned is to be blamed. Sometimes the factor is a over-crowded pool with not sufficient amount of lifeguards to watch. Sometimes a split second lapse of judgement on a parents or lifeguards behalf is enough.
    Would be good if first aid was given as part of birthing classes. Glad both dh and I have current first aid. I couldn't imagine not having it with dd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bell & Bug View Post
    However, how many parents know first aid? How many parents would be able to keep a level head while their child is drowning, enough to tend to their child to provide first aid if need be?
    The lifeguards are there to keep an eye on everyone. Babies, children, teens, adults. Yes, parents SHOULD be keeping an eye on their children, but they can't always be blamed should their child drown. Not every parent whose child has drowned is to be blamed. Sometimes the factor is a over-crowded pool with not sufficient amount of lifeguards to watch. Sometimes a split second lapse of judgement on a parents or lifeguards behalf is enough.
    I don't know what to say to that. The parents are responsible for their own children. End of story. Maybe people should learn first aid and cpr when they have kids, and learn.how to remain calm in an emergency. What would they do at home if an accident happened in the bath tub, toilet, or any other are where there is water? No lifeguard there, only adults who need to take responsibility for their kids. Sorry, but I know where the lifeguard is coming from.

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    Many (if not most) pools have adopted to watch around the water policy. It states that parents supervise, lifeguards save lives. And the 'your child your focus' slogan. Children under 5 must be actively supervised in the water and within arms reach, 5-10 year olds must be closely supervised by parent/guardian.

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    My 2 year old was really awesome in water last year (so 1 one year old). We couldn't keep his head above the water in our pool...he just wanted to swim, swim, swim. He was amazing. This year he has fallen in to our backyard pool 3 times (with us watching him and grabbing him instantly) and he also slipped over in a toddler pool when visiting a friend at the caravan park she was staying at. The water went up to his chest, all he had to do was stand up but he didn't have that understanding. Never, ever, ever believe that your 13 month old is good in water and is okay with you supervising from a distance. If they go under they lose awareness and don't know what to do until they're about 4 I believe.
    I just re-read the thread...you weren't in a toddler pool, you were in a pool. They can slip off the step so quickly. My DS only likes to play on the step of our pool this year. He has slipped and fallen off that three times and we are in our pool ALL the time. The lifeguard was well within her rights.
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    My 3 year old swims very well. Her teacher is saying that she can do laps if we want. I take her to the pool all the time and I admit I just was looking at her and did not go to the water with her that's how I am confident. I was never told by anyone at the pool that it is not allowed and she swims in 1 meter deep water without any aid. However I know her weakness - she does not watch her step once she is out of the water...
    Last week I took her at the water slides playground and I was running with her there holding her arm all the time and sliding with her everywhere apart one split second when I had a water landing on my head and I let her hand go...One second and I knew that very second that I made a mistake...She jumped and landed on her face, we ended up with the wound that needed stitches...
    From now on once she is recovered I would stay in the water with her at all times and won't let her hand out of the water not even for one second...she is only 3 years old...it is my job to watch her, the job I was not good at last week..
    p.s. I know first aid and it did not save her from getting wounded...

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    I don't know what to say to that. The parents are responsible for their own children. End of story. Maybe people should learn first aid and cpr when they have kids, and learn.how to remain calm in an emergency. What would they do at home if an accident happened in the bath tub, toilet, or any other are where there is water? No lifeguard there, only adults who need to take responsibility for their kids. Sorry, but I know where the lifeguard is coming from.
    Are you serious? I think the lifeguard in this instance was well within her rights to tell the mother to hold her baby in the pool, where did I say otherwise?
    I was responding to another persons post. Parents should be responsible for their own children, yeah, but the lifeguards are there for a reason, too. I dont think ANYONE is to be blamed for a drowning unless there was a CLEAR negligence. Parents and lifeguards are humans too, and errors occur with lapses of judgement and awareness.

    My point is, that lifeguards have a JOB and RESPONSIBILITY, regardless, and they do require parents be on the ball, but they STILL have a job and responsibility. This lifeguard was exercising her responsibility in ensuring a parent is taking full care and responsibility for their own child.

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