Water wings arent allowed at our pool either. Thank God. As it is, many parents let their kids roam, while they lie down, snooze and tan. I saw one woman yesterday put the stupid wing things on, plop her 3 year old in 4ft water, then proceed to lie down and snooze. It didnt take long for the lifegurad to tell the woman no float devices, and she about had a fit.
I will never understand some people. Like i said earlier in this thread, Nicholas almost drowned right in front of me with that inflatable dolphin.
We had an above ground pool i florida. It was beautiful. However, my kids were 8 & 11, and excellent swimmers. My youngest was just born. But what kept me up at night was the pond in our back yard! It was 10 feet deep in the middle, with a sharp drop a few feet out from the shallow part. it was stocked with fish and had little minnows that my eight year old loved to catch in a cup and a little net. I had remote cameras out there, from the roof, that sent the signal to my TV, and i had a device that would alarm should someone fall or plop in. Finally, i had the damn thing filled, and it cost me almost $6000!
But peace of mind is priceless.