Even though they sometimes seem restrictive, swimming pool rules exist for a good reason. They are designed to protect the health and safety of all pool visitors.
Public Swimming Pool Rules
1) Always follow the specific rules laid down by your local pool.
2) Always follow the instructions of the lifeguard. He or she is the most qualified person to make decisions in this environment.
3) Parents should always keep an eye on their children.
4) Do not run alongside the swimming pool, but walk instead. Children often like to run and are at higher risk of breaking a limb if they slip on the wet floor.
5) No rough play, either.
6) Do not dive without proper supervision by an experienced swimmer or instructor.
Diving should always be done at the deep end of the pool, and never at the shallow end or anywhere in between.
It is not unusual for children to suffer head injuries or broken necks because they tend to overestimate the depth of the water, then crash headfirst into the ground.
7) Avoid going to the pool if you have the flu, open wounds, or warts. You do not want to infect other pool visitors.
8) Wear a swim cap.
First, swim caps can protect your hair from chlorine and other swimming pool chemicals.
Second, swim caps reduce the occurrence of hair clumps at the bottom of the pool and also keeps the pool filters clean.
9) Always use a clean swimsuit. Do not go into the pool with swimwear that you have worn all day.
10) Do not enter the pool if you are dirty. Always shower first. The pool is not your bathtub.
11) The pool is not a toilet. Please use the bathroom.
12) If you go to the pool with a toddler, make sure he or she is wearing waterproof swimming diapers.
13) Parents should ensure that their children (and of course themselves) do not cross lanes or play in lanes where people swim.
It can be frustrating for swimmers to have to swim around standing, walking, or playing people.
14) Parents should make sure that their children do not sit on the pool lane dividers, as this can be quite disturbing for lap swimmers.
15) Avoid swimming underwater while holding your breath, especially after hyperventilating. This can lead to shallow water blackout and drowning.
16) Do not “borrow” swimming equipment that is lying around the edge of the pool and looks like it has been abandoned.
Someone brought it there and will most likely need it soon.
State, County and Country Codes for Swimming Pools and Spas
You can find state, country and country codes for swimming pools and spas here (courtesy of the Pool Hot Tub Alliance).
Private Swimming Pool Rules
If you own a private swimming pool, you also have to be careful because it only takes a few moments for a child or non-swimmer to drown.
Therefore, the following security measures should also be observed at a private swimming pool:
1) As a pool owner, you should be trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).
2) Never let children swim without supervision, even for a moment.
3) As described above, do not allow children to dive from the wall or diving board without proper supervision. Do not allow them to dive from the shallow end, either.
Diving from other structures is also dangerous and should be prohibited.
4) When a private swimming pool is not in use, it should be properly covered and fenced.
An alarm should also be installed to detect intrusion into the fenced area or a disturbance of the water.
Your swimming pool builder/manufacturer has to deal with pool safety regularly and should, therefore, also be able to give you good advice on how to keep your pool safe.