I recently came across an interesting perspective by Manhattan cable station NY1. Their Valarie D’Elia notes that the Norwegian Breakaway, whose “home” is New York City, suffered the tragic drowning of a 4-year old boy earlier this month in the ship’s pool. His 6-year-old brother also had to be yanked from the same pool and is in the hospital. In my years of speaking on cruise ships, I frequent the pools for a nice dip and some aerobic swimming. I have never seen a lifeguard or cameras monitoring the pools. D’Elia raises the question about cruise lines not having lifeguards. Is it time? Since the ships are NOT registered in the USA, they tend to be exempt from certain directives and laws.
Most lines assume that parents are watching their kids, but it doesn’t take much for a parent to get distracted by reading or getting up to grab a burger. With the large number of children on board, Disney is the only major cruise line with lifeguards. They didn’t do this until they suffered a drowning. It’s reported that a kid drowned onboard a Carnival cruise ship. They still don’t have lifeguards.
A good read => Speakers get the gig!
I always thought that US swimming pools HAD to have lifeguards when children under 18 are splashing. My health club does any time kids are in it. They have a kiddie camp with dozens of kids yelling “Marco” “Polo” which I cannot stand. Why that? Why not “Where are you?” “I’m over here”
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