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Case 166 - A Local Education Authority does not recommend children wear swimming goggles for lessons for health and safety reasons

Issue

A Primary School sent a letter to parents about swimming lessons. The letter stated that the Local Education Authority (LEA) does not recommend children wear swimming goggles for health and safety reasons.

Panel decision

This is an excellent example of why good communication is important. There are no workplace health and safety laws that prevent children from wearing goggles during swimming lessons. There are however, good reasons for teaching children to swim without goggles so that they get used to eye contact with the water to prepare them emergency situations, where they may not be wearing goggles. If the enquirer had been given a proper explanation of why goggle use was not encouraged the logic for this sensible policy would have been understood.

2013-04-22