Pool Safety: new pool first party first rescue

Pool Safety: new pool first party first rescue

Post by Lou Sefrane » Wed, 07 Jul 1999 04:00:00


I read some where that 69% of all drowning happened when one or both
parents were responsible for supervision. I could not believe that this
was possible until now.

We JUST put our pool in and had our first get together with friends.
Being the paranoid person I am I told my wife that I would not be doing
anything but watching the pool while everyone was at the house.  No
cooking no cleaning not nothing.  All the parents were seated around the
pool and a few were in the pool(including myself).  I was at one end of
the pool under a shaded cover along with one of the child's parents.
The other was on the deck 30 feet from us.  The parent and I were in a
conversation about something along with another.  During the
conversation I was constantly watching all the children in the pool.  My
son was taking a nap and I thought I had some down down time from
watching.  Little did I know that I was the only one watching the pool.
The child was in a double ringed float with a short back rest.  Make and
model unknown at this time.  He also had swim arms on.  He was 36 feet
away as I watched him go face down in the pool.  Nobody moved.  Not a
sole had seen this kid go down but me.  I should have moved then but I
waited 2-3 seconds to see if anyone else move.  I could have sat there
and watched that kid die an nobody would have known any different.  I
swam that pool in what I thought was an eternity.  Observers said it was
about 3 seconds.  The child was putting up a good fight and was just
about to panic when I got there to pick him up.  He would not have
survived if I had not seen him. Nobody would have heard his screams
because the first one I heard was underwater and the only reason I heard
it was because I was right on top of him.  Nobody even knew what had
happened until told them. They still had not figured out why I was
sprinting across the pool.  The child never left the pool and was fine
the rest of the day.  I however was still shaking hours later.

The m***of the story is if you own a pool don't ever take your eyes
off it even with "responsible parents around".

No longer paranoid.

Observantly yours

Lou

 
 
 

Pool Safety: new pool first party first rescue

Post by (Pete Cresswe » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00

RE/

Quote:
>The m***of the story is if you own a pool don't ever take your eyes
>off it even with "responsible parents around".

I'd add to that:  "Don't think you're any safer yourself swimming in a
lifeguarded pool."

Lifeguards sound like a nice idea, but where I swim (a large suburban YMCA with
at least a half-dozen pools....) they're mostly ***agers who are obviously
bored out of their minds....and correspondingly unaware of what's going on in
the pool.
-----------------------
Pete Cresswell

 
 
 

Pool Safety: new pool first party first rescue

Post by Steffi Richt » Thu, 08 Jul 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>The m***of the story is if you own a pool don't ever take your eyes
>off it even with "responsible parents around".

>No longer paranoid.

Chill out, Lou.  I'm sure someone would've seen the kid eventually.

-Steffi

 
 
 

Pool Safety: new pool first party first rescue

Post by Gleshna » Fri, 09 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>I'd add to that:  "Don't think you're any safer yourself swimming in a
>lifeguarded pool."

>Lifeguards sound like a nice idea, but where I swim (a large suburban YMCA
>with
>at least a half-dozen pools....) they're mostly ***agers who are obviously
>bored out of their minds....and correspondingly unaware of what's going on in
>the pool.

I ran a small pool for the local recreation center when I was an 18 year old
WSI.  I stayed out late every night and worked all day.  The swim classes  I
taught in the morning were okay, but the free swim in the afternoon was always
a challenge.  I once dozed off for a moment and immediately scanned the pool
bottom for bodies.  Scarde me a great deal to fall asleep on the job.  So I
still stayed out late, but I started a junior lifeguard group to help at the
public swims.  Bottom line, the lifeguards are often good but not foolproof.
The fact is that kids do drown when there are lifeguards on the job.

Bob

 
 
 

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Post by Todd Joyc » Fri, 09 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Eventually - at the funeral - do not chill out, tell your story to everyone
you know.  Spread the word.  You can never be too safe.  You CAN drown on
ONE TABLESPOON of water!  Steffi, I'm glad your not watching over my
children or my pool.

--
Todd Joyce
President
Expert Pool & Spa, Inc.
8511 Lakeview Drive
Omaha, NE 68127-2668
402-596-1171 Voice
402-592-7916 Fax


Quote:

> >The m***of the story is if you own a pool don't ever take your eyes
> >off it even with "responsible parents around".

> >No longer paranoid.

> Chill out, Lou.  I'm sure someone would've seen the kid eventually.

> -Steffi

 
 
 

Pool Safety: new pool first party first rescue

Post by Lou Sefrane » Fri, 09 Jul 1999 04:00:00

Todd,

Thanks for saving my fingers from burning up my keyboard.  I am also glad said
person is not watching my kids in or out of the pool.

Lou

Quote:

> Eventually - at the funeral - do not chill out, tell your story to everyone
> you know.  Spread the word.  You can never be too safe.  You CAN drown on
> ONE TABLESPOON of water!  Steffi, I'm glad your not watching over my
> children or my pool.

> --
> Todd Joyce
> President
> Expert Pool & Spa, Inc.
> 8511 Lakeview Drive
> Omaha, NE 68127-2668
> 402-596-1171 Voice
> 402-592-7916 Fax




> > >The m***of the story is if you own a pool don't ever take your eyes
> > >off it even with "responsible parents around".

> > >No longer paranoid.

> > Chill out, Lou.  I'm sure someone would've seen the kid eventually.

> > -Steffi