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Case 13 - Swimming pool lifeguard prevented parent taking their 8-year old child into the deep end of the pool

Issue

A swimming pool lifeguard prevented a parent taking their 8-year old child into the deep end of the pool during a private swimming club session. The child was a confident swimmer, able to swim 2 pool lengths and accompanied by his father and other strong club swimmers. The pool's policy was for swimmers to be able to swim 3 lengths before being able to be in the deep end.

Panel decision

Strict application of a set of rules which may be necessary for general swimming but to a well supervised club situation seems overcautious. We can understand the need for rules to apply during general swimming but would urge the council to consider a more flexible approach for controlled club activities.

2012-09-05