Is it ever safe to let children swim unsupervised by a certain age? (2 replies)
2 years ago
2 years ago
My children have gotten to the preteen stage of life and don't like having their parents hovering around when they are swimming in the pool with their friends. I understand that in their social circumstances they want to show some independence in front of their friends, but I can't help feeling it is still irresponsible. So what age is considered the point you can let your child swim in the pool unsupervised. My daughter has just turned 13.
As a lifeguard, at my pool, kids have to be supervised if they cannot swim independently or are in some sort of flotation device. I think your daughter, provided she can swim well, is at a point where she doesn't have to be supervised at the pool. However, this isn't to say you can't be at the pool when she's there with her friends. You can always be there to keep an eye on her should problems arise, but you don't have to constantly be following her around the pool!
I don't recommend that anyone, no matter the age or skill level, ever swim unsupervised. Medical emergencies can happen in the water to anyone. If there is no supervision than the swimmer is a risk. Always swim supervised or at least with a partner.