Taking multiple children to the swimming pool is dangerous at the best of times. Doing so on your own is extremely risky. For obvious reasons, the consequences of accidents at swimming pools can be very serious, and even tragic.
Why you should never take multiple children to the swimming pool on your own
The dangers of taking multiple children to the swimming pool on your own are both numerous and varied. The main ones include but are by no means limited to, the following.
- Getting lost
During peak times, swimming pools can get extremely crowded. If you have a large group of children with you, keeping eyes on all of them is nothing short of impossible. Of course, you should be reasonably safe in that swimming pools are enclosed areas staffed by lifeguards. This means a child cannot totally escape and there should always be someone around who can help.
Having said that, getting lost can be extremely distressing for children. The last thing you want is for one bad experience to put them off swimming or have their panic cause a swimming pool accident.
The risk of children getting lost at the swimming pool is greatly increased by the presence of slides and flumes. It’s unavoidable that, at some point, you won’t have eyes on all the children in your group.
The number one fear associated with swimming pools is, of course, drowning. It only takes a worryingly small amount of water for drowning accidents to happen.
How can I avoid accidents when taking multiple children to the swimming pool?
Schools and holiday clubs have strict ratios regarding the number of adults required to accompany children on swimming pool trips. Whilst you probably don’t have to be as stringent, there are some good general rules of thumb to follow.
One adult per approximately three children under the age of eight is a good starting point. In addition, it’s always useful to have at least one adult stay dry and at the poolside. That way, they can help with toilet trips and other activities.
Of course, the primary aim of a trip to the swimming pool is to keep everyone safe. If someone is hurt in a swimming pool accident because of negligence from the management, compensation may be due.
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Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice