The answer to why it is so hard to take your kids to a beach swimming pool can be found in a new study by researchers at the University of Bath.
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, examined whether parents would be willing to travel to a designated swimming pool for their children to go swimming.
It’s a question that has been on everyone’s minds since a new report by the American Society of Pediatrics revealed that nearly half of American families have a beach pool.
The findings suggest that if you’re going to a pool for your kids, you may want to think twice before going swimming with them.
The answer comes from the same pool that is now under investigation by authorities in Florida over the deaths of two toddlers who were swimming with their father.
“When you’re trapped in traffic or stuck in a traffic jam, you can’t do what’s best for your family,” Dr. Pauline O’Sullivan, a researcher at the UB School of Psychology, said in a statement.
“It’s not an option to go and have a pool party.”
The study found that only 15 percent of parents would go swimming with children if the pool was located at their home.
The researchers asked parents to estimate how much time they would spend at the pool and how many hours of swimming time they could expect to spend.
“The vast majority of parents said they would not be willing or able to go to a local beach for their kids to swim with,” the study says.
“Parents with kids under the age of two were more likely to say they would be unable to take the children to the local pool.”
In addition to the pool, parents were asked to estimate the number of hours they would dedicate to swimming at home.
“There was a high level of agreement that parents who live in a larger community or suburb could afford to spend more time in the pool,” Dr O’Sullivans research group’s lead researcher, Dr Andrew Smith, told Business Insider.
“A majority of families would be happy to spend around 12 hours a week in the ocean, compared to around 8 hours at home.”
Parents were also asked how much they would pay for the pool with their own money and how much it would cost them to swim.
“We are able to show that parents do not feel pressured to spend money on their pool, so they do not think of the pool as a burden and are willing to pay for it,” Dr Smith said.
The research team found that parents with a swimming pool could expect a total of 6.6 hours a day of child care in the water.
“This is in contrast to the parents of children under two years old who are likely to spend much less time in their homes, even though they spend more of their day in the swimming pool,” the researchers wrote in their study.
“For parents with children under the three-year age group, this means that they spend around 6.5 hours a month in the same time as their child.”
Dr O’sullivan said that the study suggests parents should be mindful of their children’s health, including if they are in the immediate area of a swimming hole.
“If your children are in a nearby pool, it might be easier to swim there,” she said.
“But if they’re on a beach, it’s likely that they would find it easier to spend time there.
The data suggest that parents would not want to spend too much time at a beach when their child is in the vicinity of a pool.”
The research is the first to examine whether parents might be willing and able to take their children swimming with a pool and also whether it would make a difference to the health of their child.
Dr Smith added that parents might not feel comfortable having a pool at home for a family of four and said that for the next study, the team will be looking at how the health impact of going to the swimming hole on the children of parents who have children under age two would differ from those of parents without children.
Dr O Sullivan said she hopes that the findings of this study will encourage other researchers to conduct similar studies to examine the health and wellbeing of parents in the area of the beach or pool.
“I think this is a big issue that we need to get involved with,” she told Business Insights.
“Our children and families are dying at a higher rate than ever before and we have to be thinking about how we are going to protect them.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and the Australian Health Department said the agency is aware of the research, but it does not comment on individual cases.
“As always, we advise people to take care when swimming and follow any safety precautions they need to take, such as wearing appropriate safety equipment and having access to appropriate water, such like an inflatable pool,” a spokesperson said in an email.