"Our tamariki are particularly susceptible to strong currents, and with all the water we have seen moving about they can quickly be swept away.”
Oh the ever-present joys of being a parent. Those, here, who count themselves amongst the lucky know well how situational awareness is spiked and especially during those early baby/toddler years though not abating into the pre-teens nor beyond. Of course, levels of protection can, and certainly should, be debated. Is a helmet necessary for every wheel’d activity, for example?
Or at what age is paddling out alone ok?
Well, New Zealand parents have found themselves on the sharp end of a frustrated surf lifesaving chief executive, this holiday week, as their young children are being swept out into the wild surf en masse.
Matt Williams released an “urgent” plea to the folk, declaring that “watching your kids from shore is not enough.” “Please don’t overestimate your ability or your children’s ability to cope in the conditions,” he continued. “They should be within an arm’s reach. Our tamariki are particularly susceptible to strong currents, and with all the water we have seen moving about they can quickly be swept away.”
Emphasizing his point, a story was shared about a seven-year-old boy who went for a little beach jog only to get caught up in some messy surf and carried three kilometers down the beach.
But a fun adventure for the little man?
Exciting and life affirming?
Also, will New Zealand’s next great surfer come from a longer leash from parents?
Something to ponder.
And in other beach activity related news, here is a three hour loop of the football scene in Top Gun: Maverick.