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SouthWalk Swimming Pool

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by sbbird99, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. sbbird99

    sbbird99 New Member

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    I went to the Southern walk swimming pool today between 4.30 pm to 6 pm.

    I noticed that there were a few kids are playing with Lacrosse sticks in the pool tennis ball back and forth in the pool.

    Question: Are they allowed to do this in the pool?

    During the Break tiime, there was a family that brought a son who is about 3 years old inside the pool. While a lifeguard was sitting on the tower seat, he repeatedly blew his whistle at this guy. He seems doesn't understand what the whistle means? He ignored the lifeguard and The lifeguard did not do anything afterward, he just sat there. Also, the 3 year old boy was wearing his underwear into the pool. (yes, he was wearing kid's White underwear color). The lifeguard did not do anything about it. This is highly unsanitary yet lifeguards there did absolutely nothing.

    Who should I report this situation to as I think the pool wasn't managed properly by the lifeguards.
     
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  2. 1grtchr

    1grtchr Member

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    Contact the HOA office and they can then contact the person overseeing the lifeguards. We were there earlier yesterday but didn't see the lacrosse sticks. I was under the impression last year that even during breaks adults were no longer allowed in the pool, so the family with the son should have been asked to exit the pool. Again, I've only been once since the pools have opened so not sure if this is the same break format as last year.
     
  3. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    Yea I was there and saw all of this too. The lacrosse sticks did not seem like a big deal... since it was not overly crowded but I would doubt that it is permissible. The family in question did not speak english and was completely unaware of the rules. The lifeguard did go speak to him after he was able to get down from his chair but I am not sure that the message was understood. The father did remove the floatie as instructed so he got that point.

    The more awkward part was when the father removed the girl's swim suit entirely (2 year old) and carried her into the Mens room, followed by the Mom. Again, nothing bad intended but clearly a situation where the language and customs were an issue. The lifeguard had a hard time trying to explain but at the end of the day this family was just trying to enjoy some time at the pool.

    It made me wonder if they could have been a refugee family. Do we have any families like this in Broadlands? I mean that in a positive way... and just wondered since it would help explain what happened a little more clearly.

    And yes, during break time... everyone takes a break including adults.
     
  4. Excelsior

    Excelsior Southern Walk||IMPERIUM IN IMPERIO||

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    I see a lot of rowdy behavior at the SouthernWalk pool this summer season. Lots of ball throwing, even when the pool is extremely crowded. Last week there were several who went off the diving board in rapid succession, completely ignoring the lifeguard -- who blew the whistle, yelled, and got no respect.
     
  5. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    They should have been banned from the pool for disrespecting the lifeguards and ignoring the rules. It's up to the pool to discipline them by barring them from the pool for the day or however they determine it.
     
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  6. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

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    I know what you all are saying but the reality is when you have a high school girl sitting in the chair and a group of 6-8 high school boys "mess around" and jump off the diving board in groups, the situation is tough for the girl because she knows the kids... It was not a huge problem but then the little kids see this and get excited to try.

    The high school lifeguards that I have seen at the SW Pool have little to no confidence in acting as a lifeguard when it comes to enforcement. Not surprising
     
  7. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Why do folks passively observe a situation and then complain later? I would address the lifeguard or tell the boys to settle down or respect the rules if they are out of hand, especially if there are younger children around.
     
  8. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    OMG! Teenagers acting up at the pool!!! :eek: I am shocked.

    KT is right, if an adult witnesses the behavior, SAY SOMETHING. If behavior continues, notify lifeguard (if not already aware) and if necessary, let the HOA know.
     
  9. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    I believe in Zeratul's observations....Most of the lifeguards are just YOUNG kids who really don't have much authority to begin with....and don't know how to use it. I agree with Zeratul's comment: The high school lifeguards that I have seen at the SW Pool have little to no confidence in acting as a lifeguard when it comes to enforcement. Not surprising"

    Some of them won't discipline their own friends and most of them don't know how to address or deal situations with ADULTS since the adults are much older than they are. So they don't know what to do. Next, many of them won't do a dang thing with other friends of theirs because they don't want to have issues with the same kids when they are around them later outside the pool or when they go back to school.

    Some people may share observations here because :

    1) They've never experienced this situation before and don't know who to address it to because the lifeguards on duty are clueless or don't want to address it themselves (See Zeratul's comment above re: No confidence). They may have SAID something to the lifeguard but the lifeguards sit there like a deer with headlights in their eyes (e.g. they don't know what to do or don't care or don't want to get involved or they are too busy to deal with it.)

    2) Possibly, HOA may have been informed but nothing was done or lifeguards still don't address situation next time around.

    3) Nothing wrong with posting here. Positive or Negative.

    Its a forum and place for people to post. If people don't like negative stuff, then simply move on. Simple. People have a right to post comments here, whether its positive or negative. This forum is for EVERYONE not just for the few. Not only that, but this forum is also a place for people to ask questions to other community members and that's what a great thing about this forum is all about. I am sure some people enjoy being troll here nitpicking on people who originally posted their observations about any thing here. (Like the trollers have better things to do?!?) Remember, not everyone is going to react the way you may do. Have you thought that some people may be new to the community and decided to post their comments here asking questions because they don't know who to address it to? So give them a break, will ya?
     
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  10. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    :violin:
     
  11. Excelsior

    Excelsior Southern Walk||IMPERIUM IN IMPERIO||

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    Thanks for speaking up Capricorn... We've complained about the ball throwing directly to the lifeguard, but I don't actually believe there's a specific pool rule about ball throwing (other than it's dangerous and would hate to see a head or face injury as a result). It's all very subjective. Is the next step to report this to the HOA? Who do we report? I don't know people by name.

    With respect to the situation where the lifeguard personally observed the actions, blowing the whistle and yelling is about all he/she can do. There usually is a supervisor on duty but he's usually more than 50 meters away and doesn't see everything. Perhaps the lifeguards need radios or there needs to be a roving supervisor.
     
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    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    [QUOTE
    With respect to the situation where the lifeguard personally observed the actions, blowing the whistle and yelling is about all he/she can do. There usually is a supervisor on duty but he's usually more than 50 meters away and doesn't see everything. Perhaps the lifeguards need radios or there needs to be a roving supervisor.[/QUOTE]

    BINGO!
     

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