Nanny, as has been reported on several occasions on this site, has a wee bit of a bee in her bonnet wrt swimming and swimming goggles, as pupils of Ysgol Bryn Coch in Mold have discovered to their cost.
Nanny's chums from the school have banned the kids from wearing goggles during swimming lessons.
In case they "snap" onto their faces too hard.
Headteacher Lynne Williams says that the school was following advice from the British Association of Advisors and Lecturers in Physical Education (BAALPE).
"It has been recognised by BAALPE that goggles can pose a real risk to children, and this has been accepted by the governors."
BAALPE advice states:
"Head teachers should inform parents and carers that goggles can be a hazard and cause permanent eye injury.
Wet plastic is very slippery and frequent, incorrect or unnecessary adjustment or removal of them, by pulling them away from the eyes instead of sliding them over the forehead, can lead to them slipping from the pupil's grasp with the hard plastic causing severe injury."
Fair enough, if you just warn parents about the danger. However, BAALPE does not say they should be banned.
I would also note, if goggles are so dangerous why are they allowed to be sold?
Why does Nanny allow them to be worn in public pools?
Surely a "snap back" to some children is less painful than an eyeful of chlorinated water?
Surely this really a question of how to correctly, and safely, put the goggles on rather than an inherent safety flaw in the design? In other words why not teach the kids how to use the goggles safely, rather than ban them?
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