Some people in the thread are talking about pools with lifeguards, and some are talking about pools without life guards. It's a totally different thing. My kids were allowed to swim without *me* there when there was a lifeguard once they were solid swimmers. By the time I was comfortable with that, they could both swim a 200IM. My idea of solid swimmer is different than some folks.
It was a pool that wasn't overcrowded where the lifeguards stayed on top of things. We've been in situations with lifeguards that I didn't trust -- just too chaotic for me to trust that they would realize if my child did need help.
I don't see that as "not supervising" them. Someone else was supervising them.
Originally Posted by GoBecGo
used to swim competitively and i was once hauled to the surface when cramp hit as a began my 63rd length of a training session. She (a random stranger sharing my lane) did it without thinking, and almost certainly saved my life. I'm HAPPY to be monitored by those around me.
I think that the more time you spend around water, the more realize that odd things can happen and a person can need help, regardless of age or swimming ability.
Originally Posted by Cavy
I am only talking about situations with life guards around, mind. Wild swimming... I guess I'd prefer them to only go with several adults.
oddly, children are more likely to drown when there are several adults. Everyone thinks somone else is watching the kids, so in reality, no one is watching the kids.
you guys will love this story.... We have a community pool with no lifeguard. One mother, whose DD is 8, watches her swim from inside her car, with the windows rolled up, on the other side of a locked gate. Seriously.
(which is part of the reason we have a "you must have a family member with you to swim, other people's parents don't count" rule in our family)