I’m not sure if the ban is due to irresponsible parents, something else or a combination. I don’t like to come down too hard on things like this as if it has been done with children’s safety in mind, that should be the priority.
However, I go to France and Spain on alternate years to see family, and we go swimming in lakes, the sea, rivers (less so in rivers admittedly) and you basically plan to look after your children, lifeguards or not.
I’m VERY surprised you can’t take a 6,7 year old in a kayak, assuming they have a lifejacket, in what is essentially still water (vs a river or the sea).
In all fairness @ForestHillFrank I understand the 25 metre rule if it’s an area designated for swimming (though I think parents can go out with their children like you would at the seaside), but it’s hard to see how the ‘paddling area’ for small ones is not open, considering the lake is essentially new - I was really hoping for an area we could go as a family, or youngest could paddle about in the shadows and our eldest could go for more of a swim. In fairness our oldest is 8 so probably could go, but we can’t as a family, which is a real shame.
Overall it’s still a great addition for those who can use it, hopefully they iron out these issues for next summer.