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Old 06 March 2014, 02:53   #1
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funny at the time

Me and my daughter go to a local kayaking club, at this time of the year we practice in a local swimming pool. Last night my wife was sitting at the side of the pool speaking to a member of the pool staff. One of the kids in the pool capsized and looked to be in difficulty, their were plenty of experienced people in the pool and she was rescued after swallowing some water. My wife said to the guy are you not supposed to be watching and rescuing people?
""No I'm not qualified to go in there, I'm only a assistant! ""Was his reply.
When working for a large organisation do you have to be qualified to try to help someone?
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Old 06 March 2014, 14:30   #2
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Saved a women once in the deep end of a indoor pool,her friend came over to me screaming and pointing to where her friend was going under again. Got her over to the side of the pool where she recovered enough to get out. Lifeguard thanked me on the way out, said he had missed it! Happened very fast.
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I joined my local hotels health club as it worked out that it was cheaper to improve my kids swimming there as long as we went at least once a week. On Sunday I was in the Jacuzzi and this fat kid got in, he must have been about 12.

All of a sudden the fat kid had vanished, I was looking around the pool but couldn't see him. Quite a while had passed when I saw his shorts through the bubbles, I got up and prodded him but no response.

I delved both hands into the water and under his arm pits and struggled like hell to get him over onto his back and to get his head above water.

He still hadn't moved and I was just about to check his breathing when he opened his eyes and said, it's ok mate. I meant to do that....
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Kids are funny and don't always think. Especially fat kids!
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Old 06 March 2014, 18:46   #5
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Whisper, I know im a bit of a saddo but that did make me laugh. Regards Jim
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...we practice in a local swimming pool. Last night my wife was sitting at the side of the pool speaking to a member of the pool staff. ... ...
""No I'm not qualified to go in there, I'm only a assistant! ""Was his reply.
When working for a large organisation do you have to be qualified to try to help someone?
You could argue it is bystander effect:

However, if he's not a qualified life guard its very likely that organisation's policy is he shouldn't get involved as it could make matters worse. Presumably if someone was really in trouble and nobody was helping he would have summonsed help? Effective management of a crisis needs clear roles with well defined responsibilities and actions.

You could continue your question to the next stage - why did your wife not jump in? Do you need to be employed to try to help someone?
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You obviously work for the same organisation!
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Whisper, I know im a bit of a saddo but that did make me laugh. Regards Jim
Made me chuckle out loud too and I'm the car sat on my own.
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Whisper, I know im a bit of a saddo but that did make me laugh. Regards Jim
The thing was Jim, I couldn't work out how he stayed under for so long, and this is the only explanation I can think of...

He must of got his fingers around a couple of vents and pulled himself down to the bottom and positioned his mouth over one of the larger air jets and somehow started to breath. I mean, for a 12 year old lad, he must have been on quite an adventure...

There are small air holes all over the bottom of the Jacuzzi and all the bubbles must have been trying to force him back up top. So considering his surface area, it was quite an achievement.
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