What is Swimming Pool Etiquette at an Apartment Complex?

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Temperatures are starting to rise and summer is around the corner.

Some of the top apartment swimming pool etiquette rules include: only reserve a chair when need it, adhere to posted signage, don’t dive or jump, wear appropriate manufactured swim wear, avoid splashing, watch your kids, don’t give out code or key to non-resident, and be sure to clean up after yourself.

Let’s take a look at some of the other generally accepted pool rules and appropriate etiquette an apartment complex.

1. Be Mindful of Chair Reservations

Don’t take up chair space you don’t need. Use only what you need and keep your things there. Otherwise, remove your stuff.

2. Adhere to Posted Rules

Make sure you check all the rules posted around the swimming pool, including timings, etiquette, dress code and more so you can follow them. Read any rules or handouts you were given.

3. Clean Up

If you make a mess or drop anything, make sure you clean up after yourself. Leaving a mess can be an unpleasant experience for everyone who is around the pool area. Put furniture in proper place if needed.

4. Don’t Jump or Dive

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Usually, there is no jumping or diving in apartment complex swimming pools. Check this before just jumping or diving into the pool. This can be distracting and disturbing, as well as dangerous, including to those around you.

5.  Dress Appropriately

If there is a specific dress code, make sure you follow it. For example, most apartments require only commercially manufactured bathing suits. No cut off shorts, no tee shirts. Don’t wear clothing with offensive language or messaging.

On your way from your apartment to the pool, wear a cover up over your bathing suit.

6. No Breakable Items

Don’t bring glass and other breakable items as many people will be walking around barefoot.

7. Avoid Bringing Foods

Avoid foods with a strong odor as this can be unpleasant for those around you. Check pool rules.

8. Watch Kids

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If you are bringing kids to the pool, you are responsible for them at all times. Don’t take your eyes off them because this could be disturbing (everyone wants and deserves a peaceful environment) and potentially very dangerous.  Know your kids’ swimming ability and be with them at all times.

9. Be Polite

When you meet others around you, try and be polite and friendly so everyone has a good experience around the swimming pool.

10. Limit Your Guests

If guests are permitted, limit the number of guests you bring. This can get out of hand. Follow rules.

11. Avoid Audible Music

Even low volumes can be disturbing. Instead, consider using headphones for proper etiquette.

12. No splashing

Make sure your kids know the rules and remind them about no splashing. This can disturb others.

13. Don’t give key or code to non-residents

If there is a code to gate, do not give out to non-residents. Be aware of anyone tail-gating or trying to follow you in  as well. Report to management office any issues.

14. Keep Your Distance

Try and keep a safe distance from others around you, even in a post-covid world, people value their personal space.

Following swimming pool etiquette at the apartment complex will ensure you and your neighbors stay safe and enjoy yourselves.

Most importantly, be safe. Make sure you, your children and guests follow all rules and use good judgment.

Enjoy the summer!

Last Updated: April 4, 2023


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