Lifeguarding Children Who Can’t Swim

I took the family to the pool last week and watched a young girl, that did not know how to swim, have free run of the place.  She was wearing a NON Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD).  Her dad had to save her more than once and there was no attempt by the lifeguards to redirect her to a safer vest.  The dad was not a great swimmer either and had a hard time keeping his daughter from hurting herself.

I was stunned at the lack of response by the aquatics staff.  If a family is choosing to use flotation devices for their children, lifeguards should never let children, who cannot swim, wear anything other than a Coast Guard approved PFD.

A good resource on how to select a PFD can be found here: