A 3-year-old boy was found unconscious in the local Bend, Oregon public pool recently. Thankfully, lifeguards and paramedics were able to reseccitate the child.
KTVZ, a local news station, asked the question on their website:
Should public pools require young children to wear flotation devices?
I voted No. I believe that parents should be attached at the hip to very young children while near any body of water, be it a pool, river, lake, or bathtub.
It also is difficult to teach a child to swim while wearing floaters, or a life-jacket. I was swimming before I could walk, as most kids are who are raised near the ocean. I would have never learned to swim underwater, holding my breath, if I had arm rings on.