Claire Schultz with her three-year-old daughter Pyper, who was told she could not swim at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre without wearing a nappy.
Claire Schultz with her three-year-old daughter Pyper, who was told she could not swim at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre without wearing a nappy. Kevin Farmer

Family not happy with nappy rule

A TOOWOOMBA family had their holiday outing at the pool cut short when they were told their youngest daughter was not allowed to swim.

Mark Schultz was approached by a lifeguard at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre where his family of six had been swimming for almost an hour.

The lifeguard informed Mr Schultz that his three-year-old daughter Pyper was too small to be swimming without a nappy, and if she did not put one on she would have to vacate the water.

Mr Schultz said his daughter had not been wearing nappies for almost a year and if he were to put one on her now it could undo all of the hard work they had done toilet training her.

"He (the lifeguard) told me that children must wear appropriate swimwear and that she was too small to be swimming without one," he said.

"He wasn't concerned about her age or the fact that she was toilet trained. He just said she was too small.

"I was trying not to get too vocal as I didn't want to cause a scene, but by this stage both of my two young girls were bawling their eyes out because Pyper wasn't allowed in the water."

After asking to speak with management, who were unavailable at the time, Mr Schultz and his family realised they were fighting a losing battle and decided to leave the centre and were not offered a refund.

A Toowoomba Regional Council spokesperson said council's aim was to provide a safe recreational facility for all users.

"It is not possible for aquatic centre employees to make exceptions based on parents' advice - in order to ensure hygiene standards all toddlers and infants must be suitably attired," he said.

"Milne Bay Aquatic Centre supplies infant and toddler swimming nappies at cost price for parents to purchase if they do not have any of their own."



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