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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Swim Lessons

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Swim Lessons

Everyone wants a water baby. Parent-and-child swim classes have become increasingly popular since swimming with baby builds confidence, helps improve stamina and breathing, and creates a strong bond between mom and tot.

That's why a Sugar HQ staffer enrolled both her kids in a well respected swim school despite the pricey fee. But, this week while she was practicing under water breathing with her son, she heard a gagging noise from the other side of the pool. To find out what happened


When she looked over, she saw one of the other lil swimmers vomit in the pool. And, we're not talking about a bit of swallowed water, it was the entire contents of the kid's stomach.

Disturbed and disgusted, she assumed everyone would be instructed to exit the pool. Instead, she was flabbergasted to hear the instructor shake it off as no big deal and grab a strainer in a feeble attempt to remove the contents that had spread throughout the water.

Shocked, she gave her kids a soapy, hot water rinse after class, but she is still reeling from the incident. Offset by the lack of protocol at the pool and now weary of the facility's cleanliness, she's in a bit of a dilemma about what to do.

Which action would you take — pull your kids out of the swim school or just let the incident and water filter?

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AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
The info I have gleaned comes from a variety of of places, articles, times, etc. It's easily retrieved online, just google the terms.
Celebrity Celebrity 9 years
Yes, ew gross. I bet there is plenty of chlorine in the water but still - Katie and I would be out of there so fast.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
And, I've had my child throw up in the pool in my mom's backyard. It disappears pretty quickly. You treat the pool. But, short of emptying it, scrubbing it down and refilling it (what a waste of water!), what else would you do!? Akirstin - Do you have a link to your information source? You can smell the chlorine in its packaging before it ever goes in the pool. Even without puking, spitting or peeing, it. :?
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
How small was this pool? And was it not chlorinated? And how big was this child who had to be in a mommy & me class!? I mean, I'd get out but I don't think I'd freak out about it.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Yeah, I don't go into public pools. People *do* get sick from pool water, there's even a whole term for it: "recreational water illnesses". Chlorine doesn't kill everything and some of what it will kill takes days, sometimes. If you can smell the chlorine, don't get in. It's an indication of the chlorine having mixed with body oil, sweat, urine, saliva, lotions, and/or feces. Basically, it means the pool is dirty. Also, you breathe in chlorine gas, which hovers on the surface.
elizabethgracef elizabethgracef 9 years
I forgot to add that vomit is over the top, and I'd get out of that pool right away.
elizabethgracef elizabethgracef 9 years
AKristin, you're forgetting that chlorine is there to kill a lot of bacteria. "Chlorine is an important chemical for water purification, in disinfectants, and in bleach. It is used (in the form of hypochlorous acid) to kill bacteria and other microbes in drinking water supplies and public swimming pools. However, in most private swimming pools chlorine itself is not used, but rather sodium hypochlorite (household bleach), formed from chlorine and sodium hydroxide, or solid tablets of chlorinated isocyanurates. Even small water supplies are now routinely chlorinated.[23] (See also chlorination." Also, pee is sterile, so it's not really that gross.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Don't assume that pool is even remotely clean, even without vomit. Pools are *disgusting* vats of human everything... skin, pee, saliva, you name it.
goldie10x goldie10x 9 years
Just even reading that made me want to vomit! I'd be reporting the incident to anyone I could!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i would get out of the pool immediately and not go back. but honestly i wouldn't have signed up for the class in the first place. your child doesn't need a class of other kids around to learn water safety and kids do worse than vomit in pools. my 2 younger ones got pink eye from a baby pool (blah!) and after that i wouldn't allow any of my kids in a public baby pool. the pool should have been closed as soon as the kid vomited. it happens, but then you need to react appropriately to it. lots of park and rec depatements have private swim lessons that are very inexpensive (read less than the expensive swim schools for tots). we did that with our girls and they swam before their 4th birthdays and were on swim team at 4.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
If I had kids and they were in the pool I'd probably get out with my kids and go off on a rant demanding they drain the pool before the kids get back in. If I was there alone, I'd probably just quietly get out ;)
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
i can't do vomit, I would probably start vomiting myself. I would have to exit right away.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Ew. When I was about 4, my mom signed me up for my first swim lessons and I contracted Scarlett Fever, which can be quite dangerous. Since then, I'm not a fan of public pools. They squick me out, especially kids in diapers. Now that I have a son, I obviously want him to learn to swim, but am not looking forward to the classes.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
that's gross. i'll be out of the pool in a heartbeat.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I would be long gone. That is so unsanitary. Does anyone else feel panicky looking at the feature picture? I'm so afraid of children drowning.
stina829 stina829 9 years
That's just plain nasty. I understand children get sick and things like that happen, but I would get myself and my son up outta that pool asap!!!
Toveracre Toveracre 9 years
I agree, report it to management (at the minimum). It does violate health codes & treatment of the pool should have taken place. With the chemicals needed to clean up the mess, I wouldnt go back at least till the next day. Also, this child could be sick... with anything.
erthed erthed 9 years
I'd be G-O-N-E! My swim school makes everyone get out of the pool for an hour, which is apparently the amount of time it takes to recirculate all of the water through the filters. Luckily we move to the alternate (bigger) pool at that point. The fact that they are that flippant would really bother me. I would call and complain.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
No way! I'd be out of there so quickly and after sanitizing would immediately go to the management. What a huge health hazard (plus I would imagine it totally violates whatever health codes are out there). We belong to a summer pool and invariably there is always at least one of these instances (or of the poop variety). Everyone has to vacate the pool until they clean / sanitize it. Some folks stay to wait for the process to be completed, but I cannot bring myself to go back until at least the next day despite that the pool has been cleaned and tested. Icky
babysugar babysugar 9 years
YIKES! I'd like to say I'd get out of the water but I think the "people pleaser" in me would make me stay in the putrid water. Gross!
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