A school in Mold (North Wales) has banned goggles as being dangerous. Please follow the link below to read the full article.
We at Floaters have regularly discouraged the use of goggles for the following reasons:
1) Children who come through our Adult and Child programme, do not wear them and have no need for them. It makes no sense for parents to buy them as soon as they go in on their own.
2) Parents tend to buy them because they think the “chlorine” will hurt their children’s eyes. This perception is wrongly picked up by the children. Alternatively they are bought as a result of peer pressure.
3) The correct Goggles are rarely purchased and rarely fit properly. As a result, the pupils spend the majority of the lesson fiddling about trying to get the leaked water out and their ability to concentrate and learn is considerably diminished.
4) We have had pupils swimming on their backs, eyes out of the water, goggles on and eyes closed!!
5) We keep our pools at a low chemical level and Court Meadow is a “bromine” pool not a “chlorine” pool. The reality is that the pupils are just not used to the “feel” of water on their eyes. Its a little more noticeable than air. It does not “hurt” and when we do some practices without goggles, they have always come up with eyes intact!!
6) Chemicals are extremely unlikely to do any damage, unless there is some medical condition or over exposure. We do encourage our top end swimmers who are in the water for longer to wear them if they wish.
7) Children should be able to swim without goggles so that in the event that they find themselves in water unexpectedly, they can swim to safety.
We have had very competent swimmers (with goggles) panic when they are not being worn. This is dangerous.
WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE PROBABLY LOST THE BATTLE, BUT DO ENCOURAGE PUPILS NOT TO WEAR GOGGLES.
HOWEVER, IF THE ABOVE ARTICLE DOES ANYTHING, IT DOES SUPPORT OUR POSITION AND IN THE INTEREST OF THEIR CHILDREN’S WELLBEING, WE WOULD ASK THE CO-OPERATION OF PARENTS IN DESISTING, WHERE POSSIBLE FROM:
A) INTRODUCING THEM TO GOGGLES IN THE FIRST PLACE
B) BRINGING THEM TO THE LESSONS.