When you live in a condo community, swimming pool etiquette is more complex than just not peeing in the pool.
Just like any community location, manners go a long way in helping everyone get along. Swimming pool etiquette is every bit as important as laundry room etiquette or keeping the noise down at night. And it goes far beyond not peeing in the pool.
Even though we know we should say “please” and “thank you” and we should hold the door for the person walking in behind us, we don’t learn swimming pool etiquette the same way.
This makes sense, of course. After all, few of us spend as much time in a pool as we do walking through doorways.
Still, if you own a condo, to be a good neighbor, you’ll want to follow these swimming pool etiquette tips.
- Follow the posted rules. This should be obvious, but it never hurts to repeat it. Does your pool close at midnight? There is probably a reason for that, so please, no swimming after midnight. Go home. And if you don’t agree with the closing time, you can always bring it up at your next condo association meeting. You may find that a rule like this is something most people really would like to change.
- Clean up after yourself. Again, this should go without saying. No one wants to have empty soda cans and cookie wrappers drifting around the poolside. Plus, it’s just good manners to clean up after yourself. Swimming pool etiquette, park etiquette, and work etiquette aren’t much different here. Your neighbors will appreciate a clean pool, just as you will when you arrive to a beautiful clean poolside chair.
- Share the pool. Ok, now we are finally in the pool, but it’s busy. There are a few of your neighbors swimming laps in the far lane of the pool. No problem. Simply wait until there’s a clear space and hop in. Make sure the other swimmers know you’re there. The three or four or five of you will need to swim in a circle, though. Stay to the right, and make room for faster swimmers to pass.
- Choose the correct lane. If there is more than one lane available, choose the appropriate one for your speed. This way slow swimmers are doing laps together and don’t have to worry about faster swimmers. Likewise, fast swimmers are all together and don’t have to figure out how to pass the slowpokes.
- Don’t splash your neighbors. You and your pool friends can have all the fun you want splashing each other, but not everyone wants to get soaked or splashed. Try to be mindful and courteous of other people at the pool, especially those sitting outside of it.
- No Dunking. This goes along with not splashing people. It might seem fun to dunk people, but that fun doesn’t usually go in both directions. Public pool and beach lifeguards don’t let this go, so just assume it’s a bad idea because it is.
- Have fun. Ultimately, swimming pool etiquette is about having fun. The rules are made so everyone can have a good time. That’s the goal, anyway. So be social, talk to your condo neighbors, get some exercise and some sunshine, and enjoy the cool water.
Oh, and if it needs to be mentioned one more time: don’t pee in the pool. Don’t encourage your kids to pee in the pool, either. If your eyes are burning, somebody peed in the pool. For obvious reasons, cruise lines don’t allow any kids wearing diapers in their pools, but if you are, put a swim diaper on your toddlers and babies. And as most pool signs will tell you, if you’ve been sick, please don’t swim.
Swimming pool etiquette isn’t that hard, and it gives you and your condo neighbors a way to live harmoniously together.
What is the one thing that makes this all work? Well, it’s actually communication. Contact us for a demonstration, and we’ll show you how we can facilitate communication throughout your condo association, from owners to property managers.
What would you add to this list of swimming pool etiquette? Let us know in the comments.