For those of you who have yet to hear about the student who drowned during a swim class, do check out our previous post. Apparently, in Connecticut of the United States, the safety standards of children’s swimming classes can vary. Some pools follow the stringent requirements set by the direct state-licensed organizations, whereas others like those in public schools are eligible to more vague guidelines according to a Courant review.
This lack of standardisation in safety policies and poor enforcement is now coming under fire following the drowning Malvrick Donkor, a Manchester High School student, last week as well as three other recent deaths of children in pools across Connecticut. It was just two weeks ago since the drowning of Malvrick took place during a swim class. In fact, this was already the second drowning at a Connecticut school this year. This has prompted school officials across the state to revisit their swimming safety policies to review them with staff members this week.
As part of the internal investigation into the death of Malvrick, Interim Superintendent Richard Kisiel mentioned on Friday that the town is reviewing its own swimming pool safety policies. “Part of our internal investigation is looking into whether all of the procedures we need to follow are in place,” he stated. Following Malvrick’s drowning incident and another 15-year-old drowning during a swim class earlier this year, Richard spoke of favouring a uniform swim-safety policy statewide. “I think it would clarify things. I’m surprised our legislators haven’t put together some legislative packet following what happened in East Hartford. I know it’s something I plan on talking about. If that’s what we’ve got to do to ensure the safety of our kids, we should do it,” he said.
Swimming activities conducted at child care programs and camps licensed by the state are regulated by the state Department of Public Health, which sets such specific regulations like staff-to-child ratios in swim classes and in programs for infants to school-age children. However, the rest of the children who swim at schools and/or private swim programs across the state are not being protected by the same rules. For the full story, you can read it here.
In Singapore, the Singapore Sports Council sets uniform rules and regulations that all public swimming complexes have to adhere to. This is also the reason why all the swimming instructors have to be certified before they can teach. Happy Fish Swim School only refers certified instructors to take our classes. Hence, you can be assured that when you sign up with us, your child will be in the right hands.