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A week ago, our community has faced a very sad event, a 4 year old girl has drowned in our community swimming pool. The same pool I often take my kids to. I was not at the scene, but the story has effected me very much since I also have a 4 year old daughter. I do not want to go to the details of the story because the facts are still being investigated. What I do want to ask is the foloowing question: How much can we trust life guards? Should we put all our faith in them? When you go to the swimming pool do you feel your kids are secure? This is not meant to be judgemental questions, but these are questions we all perhaps should ponder on. For me, this story made me think about these questions which I have never thought before. I mean, things like this can happen and be out of your control, yes. Nevertheless, I learn everyday how important it is to supervise our kids efficiantly, as much as we can of course, within bounderies. I also learned that delegating is so important. We are all human beings and we have our limitations. Sometimes we are just tired, sick etc. This is really the time to take some space and let someone else do the work. When we rest and take care of ourselves, we can take better care of our kids. I strongly believe in quality rather than quantity.
I just find this story very very sad. In the article, the journalist says that the life guards did not know what to do, they panicked and seemed lost. They didn,t even know how to dial 911.

What do you think? I will be glad to hear from you.

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Comment by Tania Reuben on August 30, 2009 at 12:43am
I was at the beach a few weeks ago... directly in front of a lifeguard station.
I was in the water and noticed a boy in distress, tried to get the lifeguards attentions with no success.
I ended up breaking through the waves and moving about 50 feet to get to the child (maybe 10 years old) - I had a boogie board with me thankfully, got to the boy.
Got him on the board and brought him halfway to the water before the mother was meeting me and the lifeguard was at the edge of the water waiting.
It was pretty shocking to me that we were right in front of the station and they missed him.
I'm sure they do the best they can, but water safety is scary.

Tania

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