May I make a suggestion for the Pool Party, if it does occur. My sis just went to a PP for 25 6 yr olds. One of the parents assummed since her child could swim she was fine to leave him in the water to go inside and get a drink...he got knocked off a raft, lost his air and sunk. Luckily, after an unknown amount of time, another mom saw him at the bottom, jumped in and saved his life. No one knows how long he was down there, it could not have been too long as the child was still conscious and able to breath when the pulled him up.
As an Instructor with Infant Swimming Resource, I have some safety tips for you and your party. Don't trust parents to watch their own kids...while they should, you can't guarantee it. There are two things you can do to make it safer.
1) Hire someone to act as pool monitor. There single purpose should be to watch the pool; they are not to get on the phone, engage in conversations, or leave the pool. They are to watch at all times
2) Get a whistle and a timer. Let each parent take a turn watching the entire pool (at other times, they should still be responsible for their child). On the whistle, place an instruction tag (verbally tell them too, and if someone does not want to take a turn, don't insist). For 15 minutes that parent's job is to watch the entire pool. No eating, conversations, cell phone, or bathroom breaks. When the timer goes off at the 15 minute mark, assign the next parent.
If you would like additional water safety tips, please visit www.infantswim.com
By doing this, you will be adding an additional layer of protection to all the children at the party.