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Destinite 1 child; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 31318 posts
28th Jun '13

Dh thinks G can swim alone in our pool and he's 5. I disagree. Granted I swam alone in the bay when I was about 6, unsupervised. My grandparents chilled in the house and popped out every once in awhile.
My son really is a good swimmer. He can dive down 9 feet to retrieve a pool toy. But our pool is about 4 ft deep.
Eh, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't being a total helicopter.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
28th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Destinite:</b>" Dh thinks G can swim alone in our pool and he's 5. I disagree. Granted I swam alone in the bay when I ... [snip!] ... to retrieve a pool toy. But our pool is about 4 ft deep. Eh, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't being a total helicopter."</blockquote>



No man
I think water/pools are just something you don't take a chance on.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46816 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Destinite:" Dh thinks G can swim alone in our pool and he's 5. I disagree. Granted I swam alone in the bay when I ... [snip!] ... to retrieve a pool toy. But our pool is about 4 ft deep. Eh, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't being a total helicopter."



Hell no. My uncle was a great swimmer according to my grandmother and drowned when he was SIXTEEN. Shit happens. Don't chance it.Humans aren't made for water!

Destinite 1 child; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 31318 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Pusherman:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Destinite:</b>" Dh thinks G can swim alone in our pool and he's ... [snip!] ... being a total helicopter."</blockquote> No man I think water/pools are just something you don't take a chance on."


Thanks!

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
28th Jun '13

My oldest is 7 and even if he were a better swimmer than he is...I don't think I'd be okay letting him loose in our pool without constant supervision. I'm thinking maybe...ten or so I'll start letting him swim alone. I'm not sure. I absolutely didn't want a pool because they freak me out so much, but here we are.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" Hell no. My uncle was a great swimmer according to my grandmother and drowned when he was SIXTEEN. Shit happens. Don't chance it.Humans aren't made for water!"


Uh....

Destinite 1 child; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 31318 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift Ph.D:" My oldest is 7 and even if he were a better swimmer than he is...I don't think I'd be okay letting him ... [snip!] ... letting him swim alone. I'm not sure. I absolutely didn't want a pool because they freak me out so much, but here we are. "


We live surrounded by water, so DH and I have been diligent about teaching him how to swim since he was an infant. When we go to the community pool in our neighborhood, people freak out b/c of how well he can swim. He's been that way since about 3. He's five now. We have a tiny salt water pool in our backyard he swims in it pretty much everyday. Idk, what if he hits his head or somthing. I think 10 is probably the age we'll have to agree on.



user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Destinite:" We live surrounded by water, so DH and I have been diligent about teaching him how to swim since he ... [snip!] ... pretty much everyday. Idk, what if he hits his head or somthing. I think 10 is probably the age we'll have to agree on. "

That was pretty much my husband's line of thinking, we're constantly at the beach, the summers are miserable, kids can learn to swim right here! Life skills! Best fun dad ever! Meanwhile I'm like, Life jackets! Panic Attack! Vodka and xanax!

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46816 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift Ph.D:" Uh.... "


As in, we aren't made for swimming like water mammals that have fins and such... we aren't made for holding our breath for extended periods or breathing underwater... If we were freaking fish it wouldn't matter... but anything can happen. Someone can cramp up, smash their head on the side of the pool... who knows. There is no age at which swimming is completely safe.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" As in, we aren't made for swimming like water mammals that have fins and such... we aren't made for ... [snip!] ... can cramp up, smash their head on the side of the pool... who knows. There is no age at which swimming is completely safe."



I mean, I get what you're saying but the way you phrased it was sort of humorous.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46816 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift Ph.D:" I mean, I get what you're saying but the way you phrased it was sort of humorous. "



Gotcha.

NopeNotGonnaDOIt 6 kids; Cuba 3000 posts
28th Jun '13

Technically it's dumb to swim alone at any age.

Minion Due September 30 (girl); 2 kids; ., GA, United States 21190 posts
status 28th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" As in, we aren't made for swimming like water mammals that have fins and such... we aren't made for ... [snip!] ... can cramp up, smash their head on the side of the pool... who knows. There is no age at which swimming is completely safe."</blockquote>



I totally get what you mean, but did you know there is a group of people who have adapted so well to water that they hunt on the ocean floor? Like walking on the ocean floor with a spear.
They're part of a tribe called Bajau. They live on the ocean and always have. They're fascinating.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46816 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting Minion:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" As in, we aren't made for swimming like ... [snip!] ... ocean floor with a spear. They're part of a tribe called Bajau. They live on the ocean and always have. They're fascinating."


That's crazy! how do they make themselves sink down to the ocean floor without having to empty their lungs completely of air?

Minion Due September 30 (girl); 2 kids; ., GA, United States 21190 posts
status 28th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MunchkinWrangler:</b>" That's crazy! how do they make themselves sink down to the ocean floor without having to empty their lungs completely of air?"</blockquote>



I have no idea. Unless they weight their ankles.



There's a video of one guy diving like 65 feet down to hunt.