A slippery situation

As disastrous as it can be, at one point or another you’re going to take your children on holiday. Though you hope for some relaxation and an afternoon beside the pool, reading a book and catching that perfect golden tan, time is often taken up building sand castle after sand castle, the complete crazy golf experience, the hunt to find the right factor sun screen (because you always forget something) and the worry of your children… well, being children.

From experience I can tell you that us teens are often as worried as you are; who do I talk to? Where will I go? What shall I do? Will they like me? How do you say “Hi” in Portuguese? As a teen you stroll down to the resort’s pool, slapping on your most friendly and sociable face and remove your towel from around you with poise. You’re trying to remember that one foot in front of the other results in walking whilst attempting to maintain the fake cheerfulness that’s plastered across your face. Meanwhile, the wet pool edge is just too much for the clumsiness you’re trying to disguise, and in your rush you fall straight on your bum, all eyes on you. Embarrassing just isn’t the word.

You were that awkward teen once, and you know what it’s like to be thrown in the deep end (sometimes literally). Trying to be careful in times like those is hard, especially when you’re attempting to up hold a positive first impression, but accidents happen, right? Falling on your backside is thankfully one of the least of your worries whilst visiting the pool, and parents can’t prevent us teens from stumbling across social hiccups, nor can they make them any less embarrassing. But, there are worse situations to encounter if you’re not fully aware of dangers by the pool and in the pool itself – that’s where you come in.

You should always let teens know where they should be and the rules concerning the pool area. I often joke around with my best friend and we can be the most competitive of people (let’s face it I can swim much quicker than her) and being on holiday is no exception. Sometimes, this is how accidents occur. Showing off is more common in boys than girls, and it can be hard to distinguish a clear line where it should stop. RoSPA offers loads of information on everything safety concerned, so if you’re unsure of what to tell your kids, log onto to the website and get smart on all things holiday, water sport and pool related.

And yes, although we teenagers repeatedly claim we know best, it is best to let us know the difference between right and wrong, and tell us off when we’re running near the pool, because although we don’t seem like we are listening, you’re planting a seed in our minds so it can grow and we’ll think about it later. So, when we are about to run at the side of the pool we’ll also think back to that painful and embarrassing slip we had last year (wince) and never do it again.

Kathryn Griffiths, aged 15, work experience student with RoSPA

One Comment to “A slippery situation”

  1. Poolside accidents can be awfully serious, let us hope that the teens take a leaf from your book and keep a sensible head on! Watch this space. Happy and safe holidays to you all.

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