My young son takes private swimming lessons once a week at a local swim club. He has a great coach and he loves swimming. Last week, my son’s regular coach was sick and a substitute was filling in. The substitute was a young, sweet girl who is in high school.
As usual, I sat in the bleachers on the side and watched my son during his swim lesson. This fall semester, he started having his lesson in the deep end with his coach by his side during the entire lesson.
As I watched on that particular night, I saw the young substitute swim to the edge of the pool and leave my son in the middle of the deep end. My son can swim, but by no means should he be left alone in the middle of the deep end. He is only 5 years old.
I immediately jumped up and ran down the bleachers toward the pool. As I was running, I saw that my son was staying above water, but I also saw that he was getting tired and was having a hard time keeping his head above water. I was ready to jump in the pool when, thankfully, the coach jumped in the pool and swam to my son.
I politely went near the pool and called out to the substitute coach. I asked her to make sure not to leave my son alone in the pool again.
After my son’s lesson, I spoke to the coordinator about the incident, who profusely apologized to me. The coordinator stated that she would talk to the substitute and that coaches are not supposed to leave young kids by themselves in the deep end.
I didn’t want the substitute to get in trouble, but at the same time, a terrible accident could have happened. Though my child was fine, I felt that I needed to talk to the coordinator to prevent a future drowning accident. If I didn’t say anything, a drowning accident could happen to another child. Many parents who have kids in private lessons do not sit on the benches to watch, and they may not be there to save their children if they start to sink.
It is vital for gyms and community centers to properly train coaches on the importance of proper supervision to avoid sports injuries and accidents. From soccer coaches to swimming coaches, they should not leave young kids unsupervised.
When accidents and injuries happen to members and young athletes due to inadequate supervision, the coaches, gym, community center and/or sports organization may be responsible for the injured athletes/members’ injuries and damages.
If your child was injured during sports team practice or a lesson due to a lack of proper supervision, your child may be entitled to compensation. Feel free to contact the PA and NJ sports injury lawyers at White and Williams LLP. Daniel J. O’Brien, who has been an athlete all his life, has helped players who sustained sports injuries due to lack of supervision. Mr. O’Brien offers a free initial consultation. Call 877.944.8396.
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