Local pool bans parents using mobile phones while their child is in the water.

My Husband generally takes our eight year old to his swimming class every weekend, he came home a few weeks ago and said there was notices up advising parents they were no longer permitted to use their mobile phones at all while the kids are swimming.  I hadn’t really thought anymore of it, until the first newsletter for the year was recently sent home.

In red bold print at the top the newsletter it reads,

As you may have noticed we have placed signs up requesting for mobile phones not to be used on the pool deck.

This is our way of introducing water safety to parents/carers.

All children in the water need to be supervised at all times. Not just children who have not had swimming lessons ALL CHILDREN.

Accidents can happen so quickly. Research shows us that too many drownings happen because children are not supervised, or are supervised by siblings. We know that sometimes your children are participating in swimming lessons, but as parents/carers we still need to be watching your children, and children want you to watch them.

By watching you will know what your children are capable of doing in the aquatic environment. So as our responsibility to you the parents/carers we are asking you to watch your children in the water at all times.

So we are requesting your cooperation on this issue, thank you.

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This message is obviously something they feel strongly about following the drownings of  four children under five in NSW this year. Three in backyard pools and one in a backyard fish pond, including 23-months old twins who were pulled out of the water on December 20 but died later. Read that article here.

Distraction can be very dangerous as Dr Adrian Mattke from Children’s Health Queensland & Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital explains.

Children can drown in just a few seconds.

It is best to carefully watch your children at all times around water with no distractions diverting your attention.

Hubby did notice that there are still quite a few parents checking their phones, or sneakily peeking into their bag on a regular basis.

There was a story in January of a four-year-old boy who tragically drowned in a popular swimming pool in China while his mum checked her phone. Another horrifying case recently when A CHILD died after flipping their inflatable toy at a local beach.

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Has your local pool done anything similar? Do you think it is a wise decision?

Share your comments below.

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  • I started taking my baby girl to swimming lessons while she was still a baby and I noticed then the signs that said no cameras. At the time, I was in the pool with my little girl while Dad was on the sidelines, so when no other kids were in the pool, the instructor said hubby could take out the camera.


  • i think that this is a decision that was made because people need to be told! you would think that common sense would prevail but it does not always happen so hence this


  • I think this is a great decision. I mean its important for safety but a bit sad that they wont get off their phones and appreciate their kids as well.


  • Take my hat off to this centre for forcing people to stop looking at their mobile phone all the time. Why do parents have children if they aren’t going to watch over them and love them – they can’t do it through their mobiles!


  • Up. Whilst at the pool, the parents spoke focus should be on their child/ren. They can’t afford to be obsessing over something else, lives are literally at stake


  • Any baby or older person who inhales water can die from secondary drowning too. You can’t just presume your child is OK at any time. If they inhale water it often goes into their lungs and it can cause lung failure and death within a couple of hours with a small child.


  • Awesome and well done aquatic centre. Thumbs up from me.


  • I think it is a very sensical and fair request and sends an important message that just maybe parents will carry into their normal lives around water activities. I’m all for doing anything that could keep our children safer


  • Its a fantastic initiative! It can save lives and it forces parents to get involved with their kids activities.


  • If it will save a life it is a good thing to do!


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