I was on holiday at a British caravan park and took my 6mth old swimming for the first time, we have moved house etc and so hadn't managed to take her before. My dh took a photo of me and dd as we got into the pool. There were no other children around us or in the frame and people everywhere none of which seemed to object, in fact people were smiling at us as we tried to get our dd to smile. As my husband put the camera back into his bag, one of the swimming attendants told him off for taking a photo! Claimimg there were signs everywhere saying no cameras for child protection reasons(there were none we checked). It totally ruined the moment and we spent the rest of the time feeling upset. If we were perverts we would not be so obvious about taking pictures, what is this country coming to.
Its a real arse now! I know when we had DD1 swimming lessons the teacher could take a pic for you, and on holiday we asked if it was ok as no one else was in the pool. Its a pain, but cant really see anyway round it sad world eh?
I had not even considered that cameras wouldn't be allowed, Im so used to holidays abroad where people are taking photos round the pool all day, I must just be stupid. I am a nursery teacher and get soi infuriated by things like this, no cameras at nativity plays etc. I just didn't think it was a problem
Tinker it was the park warden that told them they couldnt take a picture, there were no other children in the shot, when the father involved went to the media the warden in question said it was for child protection
You're not stupid clarebear, it's not actually that obvious - leisure centres often ban cameras, but CenterParcs, with swimming pools absolutely packed with children? They sell waterproof cameras in the shop by the changing rooms. So it's far from a given that kids in cossies = no cameras.
The warden had no legal way to stop it. There was a recent one around here where a father was taking pictures of his girls on an inflatable slide. He is a professional photographer and because he was taking pictures with a proper camera he was called a paedophile by the operator and mothers. They called a passing policeman who told them to grow up and the owner of the slide (an MP) said afterwards that it was wrong.