June 4, 2010

Pool Rules

The Rules of the Pool!

Growing up, I always hated that big sign on the wall at my local pool.
You know the one.
Typically blue with white bold lettering telling you
NO RUNNING, DIVING, JUMPING, FOOD, HORSEPLAY etc...
Well, there are reasons for those rules
and it's a parents responsibility to enforce them...

So today at the pool and elderly gentlemen brought in 
his daughter/grand daughter (i'm not sure which)
She was obviously mentally handicapped, but the man had little to no control...
The pool at my gym is only 2 lanes wide.
Plenty of space for people to exercise and get their laps in...
definitly NOT a public pool to bring your kid to play!
She kept belly flopping into the 3.5 feet of water at the shallow end of the pool
as the father just watched her!
For 30 minutes she shrieked, flopped, ran and screamed.
It wouldn't have been so bad if I had been the only one in the pool with her
so she had a lane to herself....
but no, at one point there were 4 people OTHER than her and I....
Not only was it dangerous to her as the water was so shallow
It was dangerous to the swimmers that she wasn't aware of,
and almost dove onto, as they completed their laps!

It's an awkward situation to be in..
You feel bad for the father figure
as he struggles to gain control....
but at the same time,
its incredibly inappropriate...
everyone just held their breath as she dove each time
until she came up for air...
luckily it finally ended and I told the gym staff on the way out.
They will be keeping an eye on them next time they come in.

I wasn't sure if i should have said something
while i was happening....
What would you have done?

Jenni

6 comments:

Rasha said...

Um, Im not sure, that is an awkward situation.

Amberdawn said...

Was there no life guard?

Kellie said...

That is an awkward situation.. but like you said. That wasn't safe. He should have known better.

bananas. said...

i'm not sure what i would do. to be honest, probably nothing. does that make me horrible?

Trac~ said...

Awww.. that's definitely a tough situation for everyone involved. Big hugs :o)

Kimbirdy said...

i think what you did was definitely appropriate. it was a dangerous situation that needed to be addressed. don't feel bad dear, there are lots of other kid-friendly things for those two to do.