If you live in a modern apartment community with highly sought after amenities like a pool, you should take the time to learn proper etiquette. While some courtesies are common sense, if you’ve never shared a pool with a community before, you may not realize that you’re committing a swimming faux pas until you’re getting the side-eye from your sunbathing neighbor. The following tips will keep you from making unwanted waves at the pool this summer.
- Keep Horseplay at the Playground
There is a reason that you aren’t allowed to run at the pool—it is a serious risk to yourself and those around you. Your fellow pool-goers won’t appreciate getting bumped into in the pool, and an injury can occur if someone is shoved or slips on the wet pavement. Keep your hands to yourself and you’ll go a long way toward making your neighbors comfortable swimming with you.
- Rinse-Off Before Getting In
If you’ve been sitting in the sun sweating, or if you have sand or dirt all over your feet, try to locate a rinsing station before diving into the pool. If your ball of sweat starts to spread toward your neighbors, you can expect an evacuation to occur before you can say “Marco.”
- Don’t Take Over the Pool
Your friends will appreciate it when you invite them to the pool at your new apartment, but your neighbors won’t be as appreciative if your crew commandeers the area with a game of water polo. If you want to play a game, limit it to a corner of a crowded pool so that everyone else who pays to swim there can enjoy a few laps uncontested.
- Clean Up After Yourself
This one should be common sense—but it isn’t to everyone. If you’re allowed food and drinks at the pool, make sure to toss the empty containers.
- Seat Saving
If the lounge chairs are limited, don’t horde a group of them for your friends or family. Other members of your apartment community are eager to slather on the bronzer and sit in the sun or dry off after a long swim, so be respectful and avoid seat saving when other residents are waiting for a spot. Plus, you may make new friends if you sit next to an unfamiliar neighbor.