When it comes to our Travel Tips, some are about saving you time and/or money, some are insider advice and general “how to’s.” This tip is not any of those things, but it is about advice in the most important of all areas: family safety.
While it may seem matter of fact, it is important to note: Not all pools are manned by lifeguards. Further, in the event of an emergency, you cannot rely on the notion that other staff will possess the proper training to handle an emergency, especially of a medical nature.
Every once in awhile a story comes to our attention that reminds us of this fact and we felt the need to reiterate to our readers. Vacation is a time to relax and enjoy, however there is no “break” from us having to carefully observe our children, especially when they are involved in an activity with potential risks.
Keep Children Safe When Swimming Without a Lifeguard
This general note can apply to a variety of locations including hotels, resorts and cruise ships. If there is no lifeguard on duty, or a sign saying not to expect one, they mean it! It is also not good enough to assume that in the absence of a lifeguard, other staff will be able to cover their duties in an emergency. Just because someone is stationed at or near a pool does not mean the are trained in CPR or water rescue.
When there is no lifeguard or other supervisory staff, it is also important to be the one to ensure your children follow the applicable rules of the pool area. Make sure they are not running, jumping or diving in areas where it is not allowed.
Don’t assume that someone else will be able to take care of it, take responsibility for your children and their safety.
Your family should enjoy using pools, water features, playground equipment or other facilities. But use discretion and keep a watchful eye on children as they play. Please be aware of the rules and the type of staff on hand.
Take care and enjoy safe travels, from your friends at RealFamilyTrips.com.