Most of the instructors are highschool or college students. And something with taking your shoes off, using your pants as a possible floatation device am I remembering this correctly? Teaching kids at a young age is best. Katie—Are you a lawyer? All in a forum that is supposed to be free range. Our city pool has a similar rule, but just to age 7. Ask for a refund of your membership fee from the time of cancellation, since you are cancelling because they changed the terms of the contract.
Agree with everyone who says that swimming lessons are not enough. Water does not hurt, near as much as falling to the deck, while trying to climb back down. Provide homework club. As a matter of fact they have caused drownings. How did you like your first lesson? Leah, I agree that drowning is a risk and that measures should be taken to keep non-swimmers safe near water.
For some kids, being dunked underwater or thrown in the deep end against their will by a parent or a swimming instructor, is traumatizing enough that they become even more reluctant to swim, and end up avoiding water as they get older. Students who hold certification in lay responder certifications are required to participate in all course components to pass the course. Mostly the one about the Y being a trendsetter. Willingly putting your own head underwater is one of the xyz at a very early stage. My suggestion would be to speak directly to the Aquatics Director and understand more about the policy, who made the decision, etc. Current red cross lifeguard training has a structured activities.
Over people as I recall, but not hundreds, because that would be over capacity and just stupid dangerous. This is not one of them. Yan Yes lifeguards are taught to take a fear stricken person under water, to cause them to release their grip. I usually sit on th steps and watch her and the lifeguards are fine with that. It is often safer to go under a wave rather than over so long as you learn not to panic. That could converse without blowing a fuse and embarrassing themselves. She must be telling him to give up, thought I.