So months after the fact I find out a child nearly drowned at dd's first birthday pool party at our home.
I actually argued with my mom while planning the party because she insisted we hire a lifeguard. I told her our friends were intelligent, responsible parents. And our pool is fenced in. And I would make sure that each child had a parent watching them. At the party I occasionally looked around and everything appeared fine, there were 16 people in our pool, about 5 less than 5 years old.
Nevertheless a friend told me that her son was in the pool with her husband and she happened to hear him gasp for air. She jumped in to grab him. I never even knew anything was going on. She said he "nearly drowned". I imagine if she hadnt seen him struggle, he would have.
Makes DH and I question whether we should have had a lifeguard. Pool are common here and truly, our friends are smart people. But maybe with all the distractions...
I'm just curious to know if anyone on these boards has been to a home pool party that had a hired lifeguard.