It’s summertime and always the best time to splash in the pool, whether private or community. A private pool is Godsend, but for most people, public pools are cool. If you decide to swim with others, be ready to make adjustments. Whether you are a trained swimmer, a beginner or a floater, you need to know how to share the pool to avoid frustrations or face-offs.
Before going for a dive, it is important to check on the pool water quality. Remember, you will marinate in it for an extended period of time. It is wise to know the condition of the agua. But don’t be disheartened, you can easily do that by doing an ocular check. Is the pool water clear or cloudy? If you cannot see the bottom of the pool, you can tell that the pool is not properly maintained. Ask the pool attendant if they have regular pool servicing schedules. You are not being finicky, just being careful. After that is settled, you can relax, swim and mingle.
Here is a list of the basic pool etiquette to observe to maximize your experience:
Wear appropriate swimwear.
For decency’s sake, wear appropriate swimwear. Do not subject swimmers to a distasteful sight because you do not care what people say. A poor swimwear fabric will either absorb too much water and weigh you down or be revealing when wet and expose sensitive parts of your body. Choose nylon, spandex or Lycra material.
2.Take a shower before getting into the pool.
Pool operators and private pool owners do not require swimmers to use the shower before getting into the pool for no reason. According to the United States agency CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, . Taking a shower before a dip helps remove sweat, dirt and bacteria from your body. You will help keep pool water less contaminated and keep users from contracting diseases if they accidentally swallowed pool water.
People naturally pee during a shower. Therefore, this reduces the incidence of peeing in the pool. As a courtesy to the next user, wash away your body fluids before getting out of the shower.
3.Use the restroom.
According to a survey conducted by Sachs Media Group in April 2019, they interviewed 3,100 American adults and results revealed:
- 51% of Americans use swimming pools as a communal bathtub. Meaning, they swim as a substitute for taking a shower after an exercise or physical work.
- 40% of Americans admitted to having peed in the pool as an adult.
- 24% would go for a swim within an hour of a diarrhea episode.
- 48% admitted they never shower before swimming.
This is where regular pool servicing comes in. The pool’s chlorine reacts to the dirt you bring into the pool resulting in less chlorine to kill germs. Do not wash your dirty bodies in public, use the restroom.
4.Wounds or skin breaks
Don’t take the risk. Keep out of water when you have an open wound or cut. Let your wound heal first before getting into the water. You do not know what lingers within the water and even beneath. What if you find someone with a bandage getting into the pool? What would you feel?
You are the main carrier of bacteria in a pool. Be responsible and observe these etiquettes for a safe and fun swimming experience for you and others.
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