Mermaid Tail A Fish Out Of Water
Mermaid tails, which are swimming suits that encase the legs and include a fish-like tail, were one of the most coveted gifts of Christmas.
They have now been deemed unsafe for use in public pools and proving a distraction to pool lifeguards, according to the New Zealand Recreation Association. Auckland Council has since issued a ban of the popular
swimming suits to all Council leisure centres and pools, which includes facilities in Franklin. The ban has been permitted due to the dangers associated with the product, which includes hindering children the
ability to move their legs while swimming and the promotion of prolonged underwater swimming which can lead to shallow water black outs.
“We are all for everyone enjoying their time in the pool and would like them to do so safely,” says Auckland Council Manager, Leisure, Rob McGee.
Watching out for children in mermaid suits distracts lifeguards from their main role of scanning the pool for signs of any swimmers in trouble and being ready to respond and perform a rescue. “So far most pools have
only seen one or two mermaids, but given overseas experiences, the focus on isolated swimmers puts other pool users at risk, so we are asking parents to keep the mermaid tails for home pools where they can have the
direct one on one level of parental supervision.”
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