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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Saving Lives or Babysitting?

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Florida lost more children to drownings in 2017 than any other state. Help change this in 2018.

A public pool lifeguard is present to provide service to all. Lifeguards are not hired to discipline children for dunking one another. If they are spending time doing that, they cannot watch other children who might be struggling to catch a breath. If you're bringing children to to the pool, please watch all the children in your care and be prepared to discipline as needed. Yes, lifeguards can save lives. But if the lifeguard has to be a disciplinarian and a babysitter as well as do their own job, they might not see the baby who fell into the pool while you might be distracted with your smartphone or talking to the person sitting near you. A lifeguard being present does not excuse parents from taking care of their children. Exercising responsibility by being diligent during your visit. We politely ask that everyone do their part to help prevent a tragedy and make the Inverness public pool the safest. The pool is now open daily from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. and swim lessons are available. There are classes and private lessons available. See the schedule at

Aquatics at Whispering Pines Park
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