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But there is a lifeguard on duty -Why you can't completely trust lifeguards to keep your child safe.

Whether you are going away somewhere hot by the beach or headed to the local pool there are some things you need to know in order to keep the future - your children - safe...regardless of whether or not there is a lifeguard on duty.

Can't we trust the Lifeguard?

Well, yes and at the very same time, no.

Yes, lifeguards are trained, and lifeguards are supposed to renew their certifications every two years as well as have ongoing team training BUT there is some reality we need to remember with this.

Several years ago, I was at the pool with my eldest, and at the time only child. We were playing in the water next to a bunch of other people during an open swim situation at the community pool. The other children were around kindergarten aged - older than my fifteen month old - so parents were sitting in the bleachers chatting while the kids blew off some steam. What a great way to tire out the kids and get some much needed social time in. Personally, anytime I can get the kids moving and I can chat with friends, I'm in - but then something happened...