Swimming Pool Safety

Last updated on August 30th, 2015 at 05:31 pm

I was born and raised in Hawaii where I grew up surfing and swimming on both racing and synchronized swimming teams. I later became a lifeguard and swim instructor and even swam with dolphins and whales in the open ocean. Yet, it wasn’t until I moved to Arizona that I heard of more drownings than I had ever heard about prior to arriving here 3 years ago.

Sandoz-poolsafety2-smallerI was puzzled as to why until I realized that many of the people here simply don’t understand that there is no such thing as a ‘water-safe’ child and that no child, even one who can swim, can ever be near a swimming pool unless an adult is free to watch that child every single moment, just as a life-guard is trained to do. This is the only way a child can be safe, since drowning happens in a few short minutes. Thus, anyone who has a pool would be wise to take this black and white approach to water-safety and to never even think of cutting corners on this rule.

About the Author

Bobbie Sandoz Merrill, MSW is an author, parenting specialist, and school consultant. Her books include "Parachutes for Parents" and "Settle for More, You Can Have the Relationship you Always Wanted" - both designed to help people live in truly loving and kind living environments. She can be reached at bobbiegmerrill@aol.com or www.settleformore.com

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