A local mom is making waves within the Arlington Dept. of Parks and Recreationâ€™s aquatics program.
The mother, who goes by â€œLynnâ€ but didnâ€™t want her last name used, to protect her daughterâ€™s privacy, says a male swim instructor is showing too much skin â€” specifically, his chest â€” in the pool. She wants the man to wear a shirt when teaching her daughter (and other children) how to swim.
This morning, after a Parks and Rec staffer told her the department wouldnâ€™t force the instructor to wear anything in the pool other than appropriate swim trunks, Lynn emailed numerous local reporters and news outlets with her complaint.
The biggest problem, she explained, is skin-to-skin contact, which she finds intolerable.
â€œI sit with my daughter every week watching herâ€¦ and of course the instructors are touching and holding children the entire time!â€ she said in an email. (Lynn has had other complaints against the Parks and Rec department, but this is the most recent issue.)
Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Susan Kalish told ARLnow.com that swim shirts are optional for instructors.
â€œAll of the aquatic instructors that are employed by Arlington County are required to wear proper swim attire,â€ Kalish said via email. â€œFor men, they must wear swim trunks. We provide instructors with a rash-guard shirt (worn in water), which is optional. The Department of Parks and Recreation received a complaint regarding staff attire from a customer on Wednesday, June 8. Staff responded promptly and offered to cancel the class enrollment and provide a full refund.â€
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