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The Hazards of Swimming in a Pool Without a Lifeguard


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3/30/2013
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You're on vacation and your family wants to go swimming in the resort pool. You approach the water and see signs posted all over the pool area "LIFEGUARDS NOT ON DUTY" and "SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK!"

Not a very comforting statement.

The pool is very inviting. All of your kids know how to swim and you, as a good parent, plan on watching them like a hawk.

But what about those parents who are not as watchful?

What happens if, God forbid, something bad happens at a resort and there was no lifeguard on duty, during normal business hours?

In order to porperly evaluate this scenario there are many things that we need to know.

  • Who was watching the kids?
  • Where was the adult while the kids were swimming?
  • Did everyone know that there was no lifeguard?
  • What was the swimming level of each kid?
  • Was the area well lit?
  • Were there hazards nearby?
  • Was the pool open to all guests?
  • Were there signs posted about the risk of swimming without a lifeguard?
  • Were there any toys in the pool?
  • Were there any toys around the pool deck?
  • Was there a fence surrounding the pool?
  • Did you need a room card to access the pool area?

The reality is that there are instances where a hotel or resort MAY be responsible for injuries that occur in and around a pool even though there are signs warning "No Lifeguard on Duty!"

Each incident needs to be investigated to know for sure whether there is liability and responsibility on the part of the hotel or resort.



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1 Comments to "The Hazards of Swimming in a Pool Without a Lifeguard"

As long as you are a responsible parent and you know the capabilities of you and your kids as swimmers, and that you will be keeping an eye on the child, I think you will be more than safe to enjoy the pool without an on duty lifeguard.
Posted by MYO Swimwear on June 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

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