An Edmonton judge wants city pools to require children to wear life jackets until they can pass a swim test.
That’s one of the recommendations from a fatality inquiry report into the death of a seven-year-old boy who drowned at O’Leary Leisure Centre in July 2012.
Judge Renee Cochard also wants children under eight to wear brightly coloured wristbands at the pool. She says the province should fund a swimming survival program for Grade 4 students and require all foster and group homes to have swimming policies.
The boy who drowned lived in a group home and was at the pool with his worker and two other children. Pool rules said the adult should stay within reach of the boy, but the worker was preoccupied with a younger child and wasn’t close by. (bd)