We are really missing the boat on lifejackets in the swimming pool industry.
We have transitioned to seat belts, air bags, helmets and many other technological devices to protect our children in a myriad of activities, EXCEPT FOR SWIMMING. I have met too many conscientious parents and well trained lifeguards who have totally missed drowning children while they were supervising them. Many swim instructors now require lifejackets for students in classes when the child is waiting their turn for instruction. Lifejackets are the BEST layer of protection for ALL bodies of water, including swimming pools. Based on case studies we have now, like Upper St. Clair, PA which reduced water rescues by more than 80% with the implementation of Note and Float, lifejackets produce positive results: fewer drownings, fewer rescues, increased swim lesson enrollments, and better acceptance of lifejacket use in general. Lifejackets float; non-swimmers don’t…let’s get moving forward with lifejackets to save lives. Children don’t deserve to drown. I truly believe if our industry required lifejackets in swimming pools in the same fashion as car seat/belt requirement in cars, we would reduce the drowning rate in this country by 50%.