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to want to take a photo of my dd's first swimming experience?

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clarebear24 Sun 07-Sep-08 15:23:57

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!angry Claimimg there were signs everywhere saying no cameras for child protection reasons(there were none we checked)hmm. 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. angry

MrsWeasley Sun 07-Sep-08 15:26:21

Camera aren't allowed in our local sports centres and they dont allow the use of mobile phones in area like swimming pool, changing rooms, halls etc.

FabioBadAssCat Sun 07-Sep-08 15:27:53

It ruined the moment and you spent the rest of the time being upset?

Calm down.

You got your nice photo, the attendant was a twat.

lisad123 Sun 07-Sep-08 15:29:01

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?

FabioBadAssCat Sun 07-Sep-08 15:33:41

I suspect someone self conscious about their wobbly bottom complained.
Sod all to do with child protection, entirely to do with adult embarrassment.

I think the way around it is to sneak a close up photo with no other bugger in it.

funnypeculiar Sun 07-Sep-08 15:36:20

No photos in pools is pretty standard tbh. Frustrating, but not much you can do.

believeintheboogie Sun 07-Sep-08 15:39:35

someone in a park near my house was told they couldnt take a picture of their child in the park, modern paranoia Im afraid.

clarebear24 Sun 07-Sep-08 15:42:13

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 blush

TinkerBellesMum Sun 07-Sep-08 15:59:44

believeintheboogie you can't be stopped from taking pictures in a pubic place - eg a park - but in places like pools they can and do have rules to protect other patrons.

believeintheboogie Sun 07-Sep-08 16:43:34

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 hmm

DontCallMeBaby Sun 07-Sep-08 16:58:13

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.

TinkerBellesMum Sun 07-Sep-08 17:13:22

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 hmm 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.

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