Letters to the Editor

Flotation devices: Pool policy hurts safety

I am writing this letter in regards to our local pool. Last Wednesday evening my friend and I took our kids to family night at the pool. After being there about 30 minutes one of the lifeguards approached me and my 2-year-old daughter, who was wearing a Coast Guard approved swimsuit that had a life preserver built into it.

I was told by the lifeguard that the pool prohibits people from bringing in floatation devices and that the next time we visit the pool she cannot wear that suit. I was very confused because I am only concerned for her safety. And I am more confused by the pool providing floatation devices for the kids to play with. The next day I called because I wanted my answer on why they can provide floatation devices for entertainment, but I am unable to put my child in a swim suit that provides safety.

I think this is a ridiculous rule. If a child cannot wear a suit with built in floatation devices, then the pool should not make floatation devices accessible to the public. It is hypocritical.

Shantel Porter

Oak Harbor

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