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A four year old shouldn't be unsupervised near a pool whether he can swim or not (or anywhere else for more than a couple of minutes), but it also sounds like he wasn't unsupervised. It sounds like he wasn't as closely supervised as you believe is necessary, which is an important distinction. In general, I wouldn't insert myself into situations like this ...


Yes, there's no way that child should be unsupervised near a pool unless he's demonstrably able to do more than simply swim to someone who then puts him in a position to be able to breathe. Even if he does learn this, a child shouldn't be unsupervised in a pool until very confident and able.


I have a bit of a different approach than that of @Valkyrie, and want to add that the answer depends on your parenting philosophy. I do wholeheartedly agree with asking her! I don't know why your daughter developed a sudden fear of water. I presume she was accustomed to salt water before, and that her swim lessons are in chlorinated water? Maybe that's what ...


Keep taking her to swim, and don't let her see your distress at HER distress. She could misinterpret that as "OMG Mommy is scared of the water too I was RIGHT!" as opposed to the more correct "Mommy is sad that I'm scared." What worked for us, when our daughter was INSANELY FREAKED by water, was repetition and calmness. We took her to lessons as usual, ...

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