Parents should stay close to children younger than 6 years old when swimming.
Steve Graf, Aberdeen Family YMCA executive director, said there are typically four to five lifeguards on duty. While lifeguards are there to prevent an incident from happening, they can't see everything.
"We try to keep guards well trained," he said. "They go through exercises and practices. When you're full, you can't do everything."
The Aberdeen American News received a letter from a concerned parent who said she had to fish her daughter out of the pool without a glance from the lifeguards, who immediately took a break. Graf could not immediately recall the details of that situation, which happened at the end of May.
One of the key rules at the YMCA pool is supervision of children younger than 6 years old. Each child is required to be accompanied by a person 16 or older who is within arm's length of the child at all times.
Graf said the lifeguards do retrieve swimmers every now and then and so do parents. One recent incident involved a foreign exchange student.
"The guards were able to avert a disaster," he said. "The guards do a good job of training and observing."
The opening of the YMCA's Youth Development Center also means some changes for parents who allow their young children to go to the YMCA after school. Graf said students enrolled in the YMCA After the Bell program at the Youth Development Center also utilize the YMCA, therefore, youth younger than 13 who are not enrolled in that program are asked to visit the YMCA after 4 p.m. or be enrolled in the program.
Graf said this rule was put in place to allow staff to keep track of the students and offer structured activities. Students through sixth grade can enroll in the program at a cost of $33 per week. Graf said this does not include any busing fees charged by schools to transport students to the YMCA.
"We want to have safety parameters for the program," Graf said.
In the past, Graf said, parents have come to the YMCA to pick up their children who may or may not be at the facility. By having their children enrolled in the program, Graf said, students are checked in and checked out.
The Youth Development Center is at 75 percent occupancy. Graf said enrollment for all programs has increased. The facility is licensed for as many as 190 children who are infant to 4 years old and for as many as 160 children in the after-school program.
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