To The Daily Sun,
Recently my family tried to take a trip to a public beach in Meredith with our disabled-needs daughter. My daughter has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk, sit, or eat independently. These disabilities do not stop her and she absolutely loves to swim. We purchased an Otteroo float that secures around her neck for her to be able to swim in the water without the danger of accidently sticking her face in the water; she is beginning to become heavy so holding her in the water is unpractical and doesn’t allow her to be independent.
On one of our recent trips to a public beach the lifeguards would not let us use the float in the water, after explaining she is disabled and this is really the safest way for her to be able to swim they told us, “well guess you’re going to have to find another beach because we cannot allow it.”
I would like to know why safety floats are not allowed and even in cases where the child is disabled! Their response was if she had a float we’d have to let other children use floats too. My general concern is why not let kids use safety floats at the beach to the extent of arm wings, neck floats, and life vests. I am very disappointed we must steer clear of the beach when the lifeguards are on duty, we too would like to enjoy the beach.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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