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It's summertime and the swimsuits are skimpy

At what age would you consider it appropriate for a young girl to wear a skimpy bathing suit? Before you answer that, let's define skimpy. For me, that would be anything with high-cut legs, low-cut waist and/or tiny triangles covering the upper body....

Early swim lessons can save lives

No kid should be left alone near a swimming pool or body of water, let alone in it. I'd even go so far as to say the same for adults. Anything can happen, and if you're near water, you want someone else around just in case it does. The argument...

Avoiding wet naked men

The "Levenshulme Public Baths and Washhouse" was built more than a hundred years ago, some time in the late 1800's. I know that it's only in the USA that it would be considered old, but I can't help being impressed. Sunny Lowry, the first British...

Are infant swim classes a good thing?

As a parent, a huge part of your job is to make sure your kids don't die. Given the startling prevalence of dihydrogen monoxide in the world, it would seem prudent to teach children to deal with it from a very early age. The American Academy of...

Wisconsin students sickened during swimming lesson

For the last few winters, I've wanted to take our family to one of those indoor water parks that are so popular right now. But I've heard from people who have been to our local facility that the chlorine levels are really high, and that they've all...

Swimming in Spreckels Lake

On the way back to school from Jared's field trip, we went past Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park, a lake built specifically for sailing model yachts and home of the San Francisco Model Yacht Club. As we did, the normally reserved girl I was driving...

No pooping in the pool

When Ellie and I go to our neighborhood pool, I always see a few diapered kids wading in the shallow end or floating in tubes. I admit it grosses me out just a little. I mean, if a kid is wearing a diaper, that means that kid doesn't use a potty. Not...

Wave Pool re-opens

You may remember the sad story of four-year-old Carlos Alejandro Flores who drowned after being left unattended in the Great Barrier Reef wave pool at the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara, California. The accident happened on July 12th and...

Five-year-old swims a mile

Back before I had kids, when I had some time for myself, I swam a mile every morning for exercise. Okay, I did it purely as an excuse to be able to sit in the hot tub afterwards. But it was good exercise anyway. A lot of people did the same; there...

The most crowded pool I have ever seen

My daughter is obsessed with being in the water. She asks if we can go swimming every time we're together, and whenever we're actually at the pool, she sings, shouts and laughs the entire time she's in the water -- usually something like "I'M...

Giant LEGO man emerges from the ocean

If your children are into LEGOs, you know that this line of toys goes way beyond the small colored blocks the company is famous for. In fact, there's an entire world of LEGO gear, including vehicles, offices, towns, and a host of little LEGO people...

Dead Sea salt saves forgotten boy

It is hard to imagine that a parent could forget their child even for a moment in a sweltering car, at Disney World or anywhere else. When Ellie is out with me, I am locked onto her position like radar. If she steps out of my sight for a moment, I...

Great America plans to require life vests

Four-year-old Carlos Flores drowned in the wave pool at the Great America amusement park last week. The boy was, according to his mother, in the pool by himself when he drowned. Yolanda Flores claims that there were only four lifeguards on duty, not...

Things I learned at camp

We spent this past weekend camping in the mountains. By camping, I mean staying in a cabin located near some campsites. This camping weekend is an annual trip we take along with about 10 other families. We bring the kids and the dogs and set up...

Four-year-old drowns at Great America

You gotta watch your kids. At the playground, if you're not watching, they're liable to get clobbered by a kid on a swing. In a 150-foot-long wave pool, they may very well drown. That's exactly what happened yesterday at the Great America amusement...

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