It is for both those reasons. The main reason is that I would find it very difficult to come to terms with the fact that a child had died in my pool. In Las Vegas, drowning is one of the biggest causes of death for children. During ‘pool season’ there are constant advertisements on the tv, warning of the dangers of pools.
I am also worried for the liability aspect. The USA is a very litigious society. The trauma from a child’s death could easily convince a parent that I am somehow to blame and to take legal action. I’m not a lawyer but under Nevada law, as far as I can tell, the HO can be held responsible, even if the pool is in perfect working order and adequate warnings are given. Also, my pool has a diving board which increases the risk of accidents. The legal aspect I could probably get around by having all sorts of liability waivers that the sitter has to sign.
I hate to ban a whole group of sitters, as I’ve had good sitters in the past who had young children. But, the more I think about this, the more I realize that I would be constantly worrying about the risk. And I would hate to start a sit by giving a whole lot of legal papers to sign. That kinda does not feel ‘right’ to me.