Poolside Polite?

As published in Azalea Magazine Summer 2019.

Summer is the time for fun in the sun, and that means pool season! Just like any public place, there are rules of etiquette to follow at the pool.

On your next pool session keep these simple swimming pool manners in mind:

Appropriate Attire

Wear a swimsuit that fits and that you feel comfortable wearing in public. For young children who are not potty trained, invest in swim diapers so there are no accidents.

Walk, Don’t Run 

There is a reason why this is the number one rule at any swimming pool area: you’re at risk of slipping and injuring yourself.

No Glass

The pool is one of the only public places people walk around without shoes.  Breakables, especially glass, should not be brought to the poolside.

Limit Noise

Not only disruptive to other visitors, but noise can make it difficult for the lifeguard to hear a call for help.


Rinse off before entering the pool. This removes water pollutants and helps to reduce the risk of waterborne illnesses. You will want to shower after to remove chlorine from your skin.


If you have a open wound, stay out of the water.

In addition to the guidelines listed above, read the posted rules and be sure that they are followed. Pool etiquette, like all etiquette, is really a simple matter of thinking of others. Be kind to each other and happy swimming!