50M pool and almost 12 year old

(68 Posts)
LolaLockdale Mon 25-Jul-16 10:26:40

DD who'll be 12 this Sunday has just asked if she can go to the outdoor pool in our area, I said I'll think about it but I really can't decide.

7 other girls and 5 boys are going, I only know 3 of the other girls.

By public transport it takes either 2 buses and 30 mins altogether or 1 bus and a walk which would be around 40 mins.

In the summer the outdoor pool is jampacked, the deepest part is 50M, halfway point 25M, their are lifeguards and DD is a strong swimmer but she's never gone to that specific pool without us and I'm worried that something could go wrong.

Am I being too overprotective?

Euphemia Mon 25-Jul-16 10:28:52

Yes, you are. smile

Let her go - it sounds fab!

Thefitfatty Mon 25-Jul-16 10:30:40

Yes, a bit. smile

(I'd be more worried about the buses than the pool, but not with all those other kids).

TheNaze73 Mon 25-Jul-16 10:31:00

I think you are. Can understand your concern however, I certainly would have let my DD go at 12

specialsubject Mon 25-Jul-16 10:32:10

The pool is very unlikely to be 50m deep, or even 25m. Drowning only needs a few inches of water anyway.

Does the pool allow unaccompanied kids?

Coconutty Mon 25-Jul-16 10:33:56

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splendide Mon 25-Jul-16 10:34:53

It definitely is not even approaching 50 M deep. The deepest pool in the world is about 40M I think.

LolaLockdale Mon 25-Jul-16 10:37:10

No, it's definetly 50M. Picture attached.

WannaBe Mon 25-Jul-16 10:37:28

It will be 50m long not deep.

And yes a twelve year old should be allowed to go swimming unaccompanied with friends.

Sunnyshine Mon 25-Jul-16 10:38:19

That's a 50m long pool. Olympic sized.

LolaLockdale Mon 25-Jul-16 10:39:14

unaccompanied children over 8 are allowed

Snuggledbythefire Mon 25-Jul-16 10:40:44

Defiantly the length not the depth! She'll be fine. Make sure she's got a phone and ask her to ring when she's there and when she's leaving.
Sounds lots of fun!

LagunaBubbles Mon 25-Jul-16 10:41:04

I think you are getting length and depth mixed up OP.

LolaLockdale Mon 25-Jul-16 10:42:20

Oh, my mistake, sorry for the confusion.

The public transport doesn't bother me with all those children going and I suppose I am being too overprotective, although I really wanted you all to agree with me. DD will be pleased

EchoesOfLeon Mon 25-Jul-16 10:43:19

The worlds deepest pool is only 35m at the deepest point so think your local pool could be a record breaker!! More likely that it is 2/3m deep at most smile

splendide Mon 25-Jul-16 10:43:38

So you are picturing a pool that you could drop the statue of liberty into and have it completely underwater?

milkysmum Mon 25-Jul-16 10:44:23

Goodness me that's the length not the depth!
But still I get why you are worried but still I think I would let her go. Parenting is hard isn't it!

DamsonInDistress Mon 25-Jul-16 10:46:03

You dafty OP! It's 50m LONG not deep! Our local outdoor pool which is also 50m long incidentally, is only as deep as the indoor pool.

LolaLockdale Mon 25-Jul-16 10:48:17

At least I made this mistake on an anonymous forum and not in real life, I can just imagine DD's face if I'd used the pool's 50M deep as an excuse confused

splendide Mon 25-Jul-16 10:49:12

Thats why mumsnet is so useful!

I asked what a vest was on here when I was pregnant. smile

specialsubject Mon 25-Jul-16 10:49:33

Love it. And glad there are still 50m pools rather than the silly 25m ones that get built now.

Lurkedforever1 Mon 25-Jul-16 10:51:24

Yes, course. I used to drop dd and her friend off at the door from being 8, while I went shopping, as did friends mum. (Shared childcare a fair bit). From the summer holidays after y5 we let both catch the bus there together. Although in fairness the bus route is a safe one, both v sensible and strong swimmers. From about halfway through y6 a few others started joining them. And throughout y7 there hasn't been one in her group of friends that has wanted to go but isn't allowed.

EllyMayClampett Mon 25-Jul-16 10:52:37

I'd let her go. And impress upon her that they all need to stick together and re-apply suncream!

LolaLockdale Mon 25-Jul-16 10:55:15

I've told her she can go, she's so pleased and thinks I'm really cool now, thankfully doesn't realise that I've embarrassed myself over the internet

Tink06 Mon 25-Jul-16 10:58:16

I would let her go although I would be a bit anxious. Think its one if the hardest parts of parenting - encouraging independence while fretting at the same time. I still worry about older teens and public transport - probably due to a nasty experience when I was younger but I still let them go. On the positive side she is with a large group so they should all look out for each other.

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