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Pool Safety: Banding system used at local pools

LEBANON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- The recent death of a 10-year-old boy pulled from a Walnut Hills pool led Cincinnati to review its policies.
   
The victim could not swim and was not with an adult.  Some local pools put restrictions on young swimmers depending on their abilities. 

At the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon membership cards get scanned and then children immediately receive colored wrist bands.  The wrist bands designate what area of the pool a child can be in the water.

In the banding system, the red is given to children under the age of five.  They must have parental supervision.  The yellow bands are for those who have not passed the testing requirement.  The green bands are worn by kids who have passed the testing requirements; they are good to go anywhere in the pool.
   
The colored bands are visible in the water for lifeguards to see.  Children with red bands must be within arm's reach of their parents in shallow water.
   
At the Countryside YMCA parents and lifeguards team up to insure safety.  Children can be 7-years-old and unsupervised at the YMCA pool but they must pass swim tests before they're allowed out of the shallow water.  Under the watchful eyes of parents and 10 lifeguards there's no shortage of supervision.  Safety is at a premium.

On Tuesday Cincinnati council member, Chris Smitherman, introduced a motion to raise the minimum age of children to be unsupervised at a city pool to 11.  The motion will be considered Wednesday.




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