I was 9 when I was found floating on my stomach in a public pool. That experience was one of the scariest of my life, and yes I was very lucky. I still remember every detail, not to mention the fear I felt when I saw my 5 year old niece follow me down the steps. I thought for sure she would fall in too. Thank God she turned around and went back up the steps and out of the pool.
Even though I could see people walking by, and I kept trying to get someone's attention no one noticed. (Way back when the pool was built with grey concrete and the water was pumped in from the ocean, so you couldn't see anyone if they were underwater)
I vividly remember my life flashing before my eyes; backwards to be exact and then this sinking into what seemed a dark hole, and then darkness. The next thing I remember, was waking up in the life guard shack with all these faces looking down at me, wondering who I belonged to. I got to ride in an ambulance, and yes I spent a day in a hospital afterward even though I felt fine.
Anyway, that was a long time ago, and because of that experience I have made sure both my children are good swimmers, and understand the importance of water safety.
My oldest has been a competitive swimmer for the last 10 years. She has taken life guard courses, and yes you would think that as they get older they should be well versed on the dangers of swimming pools.
Well she's almost 16, and I'm not sure if it's this "over confidence stage" yet a few weeks ago she showed me pictures of her and a friend swimming in her friends pool, and what shocked me was that the pool still had the cover on it. They were swimming from one end of the pool to the other underneath the cover. What was even more upsetting was that the parent knew they were doing this. I don't believe I am over sensitive on this issue, because of my own experience.
My daughter felt I was making a big deal out of it, yet I don't believe so.
So I think your topic is a great one to include for all ages, and something all pool owners should be aware of when considering a pool. Never leave kids of any age unattended.
Hope this helps, Rita
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