An Alberta judge has made more recommendations when it comes to protecting children in public swimming pools.
The judge says children, under 8, should have to wear brightly coloured waistbands in public pools and also wear a life jacket until they can pass a swim test.
The judge was reviewing the results of an inquiry into the drowning death of a 7 year old boy in 2012 at a public pool in Edmonton.
The boy, who was in government care and living in a group home, had gone to the pool with a staff member and two other children.
The pool required an adult to be within reach of the boy but his worker was preoccupied with a younger child and wasn’t close by.
The judge is also calling on the province to fund a swimming survival program for Grade 4 students and to require all foster and group homes to have swimming policies.