Crocs in the Pool
No, not crocodiles.
I'm talking about Crocs, the funky foam footwear that was fashionable a couple of years ago and now remains so mostly among little kids...who are apparently wearing their Crocs into swimming pools. On purpose. With their parents' permission.
The summer swim season may be winding down, but one of this summer's controversies has yet to be resolved. As this much-blogged-about article in the Chicago Tribune notes, kids wearing Crocs in the pool may be dragging all kinds of dirt and germs in with them, unless of course they've worn the shoes while taking their required pre-swim shower.
Some parents say the Crocs don't add any more contaminants to pool water than kids' bare feet do. But pool-keepers think they place an added burden on the filtration and chemical systems that keep pools clean and safe for swimming, leading many to forbid footwear (other than specially designed swim shoes) in public pools.
Health concerns aside, it seems reasonable to tell kids we just don't wear shoes in the pool. Period.
My own kids have worn Crocs while wading the shores of rocky, shell-strewn beaches. That's different: The shoes protect their feet against cuts. But if one of them jumped in our backyard pool with Crocs on, I'd make them hop right out and take off their shoes.
What about you? Do you think Crocs in the pool pose a health hazard? Or do you think that theory, like Crocs, is full of holes?
Share your observations, and don't forget to vote in the poll!
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