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Old 26 September 2007, 17:49   #11
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Of course he'll be an expert with hundreds of hours experience !!!!!
I have sent him a link to this thread... hopefully he can answer that question for us
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Why has nobody answerd my question about kids on a beach? Surely it's far more dangerous to be messing around in the water - often in the surf - and yet NOBODY wears a lifejacket on a beach.

And yet they are compulsory on boats when the whole idea is NOT to go into the water...........
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I'm sorry, but taking a picture, while on the plane, and a young kid STANDING on a seat who could easily lose balance and fall overboard....

Why are you apologising?
I agree.

I have far scarier pics than that-one guy in a speedboat with 2 10 yearolds dangling their feet next to the outdrive for example.
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Why are you apologising?
I agree.

I have far scarier pics than that-one guy in a speedboat with 2 10 yearolds dangling their feet next to the outdrive for example.
Yup remember seeing that, boat was moving too!
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Surely it's more important to make sure your kids are good swimmers in the first place than just buy them a lifejacket? I was an excellent swimmer by the age of 7 - putting many adults to shame.

Remember there will be times when your kids are near water without a lifejacket - the ability to swim will always be with them!!!
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Surely it's more important to make sure your kids are good swimmers in the first place than just buy them a lifejacket? I was an excellent swimmer by the age of 7 - putting many adults to shame.

Remember there will be times when your kids are near water without a lifejacket - the ability to swim will always be with them!!!
I was a decent swimmer by the time I was 8, too.

But that kid is YOUNG, too young to be any sort of a decent swimmer. At his age, if he went into the water from that RIB he'd panic and the wake would probably drown him, never mind the fact he wouldn't know what was going on in the first place. At least if he had a PFD he'd just float there while the 'skipper' does his MOB procedure
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Why has nobody answerd my question about kids on a beach? Surely it's far more dangerous to be messing around in the water - often in the surf - and yet NOBODY wears a lifejacket on a beach.

And yet they are compulsory on boats when the whole idea is NOT to go into the water...........
On the popular beaches I've been to, their are lifeguards who provide safety cover and use local knowledge to keep swimmers out of the dangerous currents. Of course they can't be everywhere but they do try.

Its up to parents to make sure the bit of sea they are at is reasonably safe. And that they watch there kids at all times. I did it, although I did find it a struggle as sitting on a nice sunny and warm beach tends to make you drowsy. Its part of being a parent. As we know some parents assess risks differently !!!
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I was a decent swimmer by the time I was 8, too.

But that kid is YOUNG, too young to be any sort of a decent swimmer. At his age, if he went into the water from that RIB he'd panic and the wake would probably drown him, never mind the fact he wouldn't know what was going on in the first place. At least if he had a PFD he'd just float there while the 'skipper' does his MOB procedure
I was swimming by the time I was 4 - at the age of 5 or 6 I used to sneak off and swim in the sea on my own - used to get a good hammering from my parents but it never stopped me.

To be fair I would have insisted on the kid wearing a lifejacket BUT what about on a ferry - or a walk along a pier or around a marina? There is probably just as much chance of a small kid falling in.
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Does anyone realise that there are MORE people drowned each year in their cars than there are in boats? Are you going to bring in a law saying people should wear a lifejacket in a car???
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Yup remember seeing that, boat was moving too!

No you didn't-it's on a print here. I've never scanned it. I took it on the way up the Medina about 4 months ago. I know the one you mean though.

The point is, people think its not going to happen to them.I used to get that attitude from a firm I subbed to until they lost a load on the A346 after the boss said "It'll be okay".
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