Public Pool Safety & Etiquette Tips
Whether you're a professional athlete who trains in a public lap pool daily or a parent who brings their children to an open swim once in a while, you need to know how to act in a way that minimizes the risk of discomfort or injury. To make things easier for you, we've put together a list of simple swimming pool guidelines that will guarantee you and your family are always welcome in public pools. Continue reading to find out more.
Top Public Swimming Pool Rules
1) Always respect and follow the rules of your community pool
Public pools may have varied restrictions about how to behave and play in the pool, including what toys and clothing are permitted. Always follow the regulations of the pool.
2) Parents must always be aware of where their children are
An adult should always keep an eye on young children. To determine a suitable age limit, check with your state or local authorities. Some states have determined that the age of 18 is excessively restrictive, citing the fact that some 16- and 17-year-olds are certified lifeguards.
3) Do not run alongside the swimming pool
The wet surface can make the area around swimming pools so slippery that it can be easy for both young people and adults alike to slip and suffer potentially serious injuries like a broken limb or even head trauma brought about by a fall.
4) No rough play
Drowning mishaps, especially in young children, can occur during rough pool play. There will be no jumping on each other in the pool or submerging anyone.
5) Do not dive without proper supervision
Diving should only be done in designated areas and never in an above-ground pool. Injuries sustained when diving might have long-term repercussions. Children frequently sustain head injuries or break their necks when they overestimate the depth of the water and plunge headlong into the ground.
6) Do not go into the pool if you have open wounds
If you have a little cut while swimming in a pool, such as a paper cut, don't worry—you're unlikely to develop anything serious. Swimming with an open wound in the pool is generally safe in terms of skin and soft tissue infection. Chlorination should eliminate a lot of microorganisms in the water if done correctly. You'll probably be fine if it's simply an abrasion rather than a big wound. Allowing yourself to heal first is a good suggestion for something more than a paper cut.
7) Don a swim cap
Swim hats, for starters, help protect your hair from chlorine and other pool toxins. Second, swim caps prevent hair clumps from forming at the pool's bottom and keep the pool filters clean.
8) Shower first before entering the pool
If you're dirty, don't go into the pool. Always take a shower before going into the pool. Don't treat the tool like it's your bathtub.
9) The toilet is there for a reason
This need not be said but we'll go ahead and say it anyway: peeing in a pool is something you should never do. Biological fluids in the water can combine with pool chemicals like chlorine, resulting in the formation of toxic components in the water.
If your toddlers are wearing swim diapers, you'll need to be especially cautious. Make sure to change your child's diaper frequently and train them to tell you when they need to "go." You don't want to find out about your child's accident after they've been in the water for a while.
10) Make sure children don’t go into lanes where people swim
Parents or guardians must always be aware of where their children are. They must make sure that children do not wade into lanes designated for swimmers as this could not only bother people who are keen on getting in some laps but could also be cause for injuries.
11) Don’t let children sit on the pool lane dividers
In line with the rule above, you also should not let children sit on the pool lane dividers as aside from disturbing lap swimmers, the arms of the swimmers could hit your children, causing injury.
12) Look before entering the pool
Even when there are no other swimmers present, leaping or diving head-on into a pool is a prescription for courting disaster. Before entering a public pool, always check to see whether there is anything in the way to ensure your safety.
13) Be respectful with splashing
Splashing is enjoyable only if you are the one doing it and everyone is having a good time. Others could be irritated, and it should be stopped if it is unwanted.
Public pools, like any other public venue, have written and unwritten rules that guests must respect. The good news is that most of these may be avoided by using common sense and maintaining proper hygiene.