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    Default What age to swim unsupervised ?

    We have just put in a backyard pool. Is fantastic and we love it -

    The pool is across the back of the property, with a glass fence between the back of the house and the pool - and the back of the house has huge french doors across the back so visibility from the house to the pool is fabulous.

    DD (10) is an ok swimmer. She isnt going to be an olympic champion or anything, but is generally pretty capable for her age. She isnt a child who pushes boundaries or tests things out either, she has a very healthy fear of hurting herself so doesnt do stupid things

    so what age would you leave her out there swimming unsupervised?

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    We recently moved into a house we built with a pool. We let our 7.5 year old and 11 year old swim together and don't sit by the pool. It's out the front and we are always in the vicinity but not watching. my 11 year old is a good swimmer my 7 year old a very strong swimmer.

    they are definitely NOT allowed in the pool if we're not home or around. So I guess we sort of supervise by monitoring rather than watching if that makes sense.

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    My nephew is 10 and a good swimmer. Their pool is within full view of the kitchen and lounge area. He is allowed to swim on his own as long as either his mum or dad is in one of those areas.

    He's not allowed when home alone (very rare).

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    Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable letting children swim unsupervised. Accidents can happen so quickly. They could try to hold their breath under water and pass out, they could hit their heads on the side of the pool. It happens in the blink of an eye. One of my close friends lost her son to a drowning accident when he was 3 so I guess this makes me very cautious. I'd rather be lying on the pool chair watching them swim knowing I can jump in any time if needed. To me, it's just not worth it.

    So to answer your question, 13/14+ and I would still feel a little uneasy.

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    Default What age to swim unsupervised ?

    Quote Originally Posted by nicole83 View Post
    Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable letting children swim unsupervised. Accidents can happen so quickly. They could try to hold their breath under water and pass out, they could hit their heads on the side of the pool. It happens in the blink of an eye. One of my close friends lost her son to a drowning accident when he was 3 so I guess this makes me very cautious. I'd rather be lying on the pool chair watching them swim knowing I can jump in any time if needed. To me, it's just not worth it.

    So to answer your question, 13/14+ and I would still feel a little uneasy.
    I understand where you're coming from one of my parent's friends kids drowned when I was very young and he was 8. The reality is though my kids swim together, make a lot of noise and I am never more than 4 metres away from the pool at any time.

    It's part of the reason why my kids have done swimming lessons all their lives they have to be able to swim. We live at the beach and from 12/13 kids are at the beach over summer without parents (or one parent for a lot of kids). It's how they grow up here.

    And no not in a million years would my 3 or 5 year old be unsupervised. They aren't even allowed in the pool area without a parent.

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    My DSSs are 7 and 9. They are allowed to swim without adults so long as they are both swimming and an adult is home. The rationale is that is there was an issue the other could raise the alarm. Our lounge/dinning/kitchen where we mainly hang out opens onto the pool area anyway.

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    My DD is a squad swimmer and has been for a year, she just turned 8. I don't think I'd feel ok with unsupervised swimming until she was a teenager though and even then I'd prefer she was with someone else as well.

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    It's easy for us because the pool is right outside the back door off the kitchen / lounge, but i still (sort of) supervise the kids in the pool and they are 12 and 15. I listen for them rather than watch the whole time and I am right beside the door. They can swim by themselves, but they can only swim if an adult is here.

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