Is there a law in WA state requiring a lifeguard for swimmers under 16 years of age?

I was escorted out by the police dept today for swimming with my 9 year old daughter at the Golds gym where I am a member. Is it a law that a lifeguard be present, or can I take reponsibility for my child?

Asked on July 4, 2009 under Personal Injury, Washington


J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and pracrtice in this aras of the law.  This is one of the oddest things i ever heard.  However, if you look carefully at the gym's rules and regulations (which it is allowed to make) there may be some rule about swimming with children.  This is a gym policy that can be enforced.  You were not arrested becasue there is no state law that you violated, but rather a rule of a private gym to which you are a member.  I am shocked that the gym would treat you like that.  I would check the gym's rules about this as they are allowed to make such rules.

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