Ask Joe: Why is floatation swimsuit banned at county pool?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/22 6:35 pm
Question:

From the Ask Joe file, a lot of people head to the pool to cool off these days, but one of our viewers said her child was turned away from a Washoe County public pool and she is not sure why.

Krista Anderson in Reno said she took her three-year-old daughter to swim at Bowers Mansion. She said her daughter has a swimsuit with a built-in life preserver and they were told she was not allowed to wear it, per Washoe County regulations.

Krista wants to know why the county would not allow a swimsuit that is designed to help her daughter improve her swimming skills?

Answer:

Joe checked with Washoe County Operations Manager Eric Crump. He said this has been a longstanding discussion in Washoe County.

Crump said the concern is that parents may become less aware of their children in the pool, and may not supervise them as closely, if they have one of these swimsuits with a built-in flotation piece. Another concern is the suit may not be a U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation device.

Crump did say that they will review their policy, decide if it is appropriate, and if anything needs to change.

Safety is always the top priority, and he also reminds viewers that Washoe County does offer swimming lessons throughout the summer, so that as many children as possible can learn to swim.
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keastman - 7/23/2014 10:10 AM
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The bathing suit flotation and the arm floats impede a child's ability to become safe, competent swimmers. It is a pacifier for the pool. A swim coach or parent with a kick board is what children need in a pool until they learn. Some small children who have used these flotation devices have jumped into water without having the special bathing suit on and drowned. They didn't know it was the suit that helped them float and never learned how to really swim. Keep your children safe. Be "in" the pool with them at all times and teach them how to float, tread water and swim. If you have a pool at home with children, have a gated locked fence around it.

Kramer - 7/22/2014 6:52 PM
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it's a Chinese flotation device
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