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Friday, March 16, 2007

News Flash!

Edited: Am I being too sarcastic? Perhaps the times have changed....

Just heard on my local radio station:

Some schools require children to aquire diving licenses before participating in their annual swimming carnivals due to current OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety) regulations.

Can't be too careful when they're diving in to compete, can we, like kids have done for, oh, generations before them. You have got to be joking. They'll be forced to swim with floaties over their arms soon.

Comments on "News Flash!"


Anonymous Shelly said ... (10:07 am) : 

Just one more point to add to drive fear into the hearts of parents- a boy at a local north shore primary school here in sydney recently was on a school excursion to the pools for swimming lessons, had a panic attack in the water and drowned. I think when you hear stories like that then schools being overcautious doesn't sound so silly after all...


Blogger Mothers said ... (10:51 am) : 

The thing is....when we were kids you never heard of all this kind of stuff. I mean, we played cricket in the street, played at the park, or any local area until dusk. As long as we were home in time for dinner all was fine. Sometimes I think we as a community are going overboard. You cant prepare for EVERY eventuality. All its going to do is make our kids TOO cautious and not want to exceed the boundaries...and isnt that how some of our best achievers have done their stuff...by going BEYOND the norm? Kids need to experinece live to learn from it. All wrapping thekm in cotton wool will do is to make them afraid to do anything. Phew. What a rant!


Blogger Miscellaneous-Mum said ... (11:12 am) : 

I can see both sides of the argument. And for the record, I don't know if this rule applied to primary schools or high schools. Primary schools, ok, I can understand that. But high school? That's when my reasoning comes to sound like Mother's above.

I just keep getting flashbacks to my own swimming carnivals. We were thrown into the pool to compete, whether we liked it or not. And if we didn't like diving in? (lets face it, some people don't) then you started already in the pool, touching the wall.

Anyway, let's see what other's say


Anonymous Sarah said ... (11:50 am) : 

My meories of swimming carnivals were much the same. In you jumped and off you went! Much like any activity at school! Let just hope that those in charge of setting such rules dont get tooo carried away. A little safety is great for our kids....eases my mind at times.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 am) : 

didn't know there was such a thing as a diving licence however you'd think if a kid is going to attempt a dive then they should know how to first.


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