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Swimming pool etiquette - Do's and don'ts of swimming that you should know

If it says No Diving, it means no diving! If you like what you read, pass this on to fellow swimmers so we can make our public swimming pools more enjoyable

If it says No Diving, it means no diving! If you like what you read, pass this on to fellow swimmers so we can make our public swimming pools more enjoyable

Whether it is a public swimming pool or a pool exclusively meant for select members, there are certain etiquettes and manners that you should know and follow. Don't let yourself be an annoyance to other swimmers. Here are 10 swimming pool etiquettes that you should follow the next time you go for a swim in a public pool.

1) Take a shower before you dive in

One of the first things that every swimmer expects the other to do is take a shower before entering the pool. No, this does not mean simply letting water drizzle over your head. Make sure that you take a quick shower before you enter the swimming pool so all the sweat, dirt and other foreign bodies that you may be carrying are washed off.

2) Don't make a splash when you dive in

How would you like it if someone made a big splash on your face when they jumped into the pool? Very annoyed, to say the least? This is stuff that can even cause misunderstandings, arguments and even fights. So look around and make sure that you are not going to splash anyone when you enter the swimming pool. This swimming pool etiquette is basic courtesy that you must have!

3) Do not pee in the swimming pool

We may all deny urinating in the swimming pool, but the fact is that most of us have done it. The next time you think "Oh I can't be bothered getting out from the pool to go to the toilet. I'll pee right here. No one will know", just imagine how you'd feel if you knew that the person standing right beside you peed in the pool. You'd be floating around in their pee. Feeling grossed out? That's exactly why you too, should never pee in a swimming pool regardless of how much you love that warm feeling!

4) Trim your fingernails and toenails

If you are a swimming buff, you'd already know this. If you aren't keep this tip in mind to trim your fingernails and toenails before you hit the swimming pool. Long nails may cause severe cuts if your fingers or toes brush past another swimmer.

5) If you want to rest, pick a corner or a side of the pool

Resting in the corner or a side of the swimming pool is a commonly practiced swimming pool etiquette. If you decide to take a breather right in the middle of your lane or at a place where other swimmers can bump into you, you will be an annoyance to the other swimmers. Out of courtesy and also common sense that you could cause injury if someone unknowingly bumps into you, move out of the way and rest on the sides or the corner of a swimming pool.

6) Stick to the right lane and let faster swimmers go past

If you are using a large lap pool, chances are that it will have designated lanes for fast and slow swimmers. Make sure you pick the right lane before you dive in. If you are a slow swimmer and you dive in to the fast lane, it will be as if you are cruising at 30 mph in the fast lane of an empty freeway. You don't want to face the rage of other swimmers, do you?

7) Don't leave your children unattended

Why someone would leave their children unattended at a public swimming pool beats us, but the fact is, that many do. If you are a parent, mother or a father, make sure you keep a constant watch and be by your child's side when you are at a swimming pool. Don't give the lifeguard a chance to complain.

8) Public swimming pool etiquette – wear appropriate swimsuits

If you have the most toned or voluptuous body, that's great. A public swimming pool is a place where men, women and children of all ages come to have a good time. Here's a question. Would you like it if you took your 11 year old to a public swimming pool, only to see a young lady wearing a swimsuit which reveals more than it should? Assuming you don't, keep this in mind and wear swimsuit that suit your body type and are not vulgar.

9) Don't stare at bodies

One of the most violated swimming pool etiquette is that people keep staring at bodies. It is really not surprising because a public swimming pool is probably the only place besides a beach where men can see women in their bathing suits and vice versa.

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For all the men reading this, don't keep staring at female swimmers. For all you know, your constant staring may make a shy girl conscious and uncomfortable.

For all the women reading this, don't keep staring at the buff bodies of men at the swimming pool. You might attract unwanted advances.

10) Read the rules

All swimming pools have a set of rules. These are generally displayed at the entrance of the swimming pool or at a place where these rules as clearly visible to everyone who comes to enjoy a swim. As basic acknowledgement of safety in the pool, make sure you quickly read through these rules for you end up doing something you are not supposed to do.


swimfan from United States on January 26, 2013:

Should be required reading before being admitted to a public pool. Unfortunately, kids are the worst offenders - it drives me nuts when parents just let them go nuts at the pool.

Mark on January 07, 2012:


princesswithapen (author) on January 06, 2012:

Hi Mark

The things you've said are valid. However what has been stated is a mere representation of the perception of the public in general. In no way does it mean to step on the gender pedestal nor was it any attempt to disrespect any one or any gender, like you mentioned. In fact, you seem to have missed the whole point of this article - which was to lay down swimming pool etiquettes. I appreciate your insight and you are welcome to stop by and comment again if you have more to share.


Mark on January 06, 2012:

"de" sexualizing men...not me. Don't any posters try to turn this into a "let's put a perv in his place" thing. The last thing I am, is a perv. (And, I won't be back)

Mark on January 06, 2012:

...what a double standard. Men shouldn't stare at women because it might make them feel uncomfortable, but women shouldn't stare at men because it might bring on unwanted advances. Excuse me, princess, WE'RE the ones wearing what shows more than usual....did it ever occur to you to think that WE might feel uncomfortable? This is along the lines of women who think even guys in good shape don't look good in speedos, yet the majority of these women don't look good in a one piece or bikini. It's also along the lines of women who think female reporters should be allowed in men's locker rooms. I wonder if male reporters are allowed in female locker rooms...even when some females on whatever team are naked. Doubtful. I can't stand women who put their gender on a pedestal, while "de" sexualizing me and generally disrespecting "all" men, in the process.

princesswithapen (author) on November 21, 2011:


You're absolutely right. It is amazing how many people just don't care how their actions are going to affect others in a swimming pool. Etiquette seems like a word from the 19th century but if there was a good time to bring it back in vogue, it is now!

I'm really glad you liked this hub. Thanks for stopping by.


Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 21, 2011:

What an excellent hub! Being in Florida, we need this set of rules at EVERY swimming pool. And, not just for the kids.

You can't believe how these rules are needed for ADULTS, ages 50-100 using swimming pools. It's not funny that this kind of etiquette has gone by the wayside. Voted up and useful!

princesswithapen (author) on November 21, 2011:


Thanks for your comment and I'm glad you liked this hub. I too hope that this hub reaches out to as many swimmers as it can so we can all have cleaner and friendlier public swimming pools.


Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 20, 2011:

Very well written hub! Great tips for all swimmers.

princesswithapen (author) on November 20, 2011:

Hi c1234rystal

It is difficult to imagine that something would actually hold, in a swim diaper. Some pools allow swim diapers while some don't. It is a bit iffy, isn't it?

Thanks heaps for stopping by on this one!


princesswithapen (author) on November 20, 2011:


Yes, that's absolutely gross. I hope no one ever indulges in taking a leak when I am swimming in a public pool. I'm glad you liked this hub. Thanks for reading and commenting!


c1234rystal on November 19, 2011:

I agree, the pee comment is the best. There's a pool at my mom's condo and people bring kids of all ages there...some too young to be potty trained. And, a lot of the time, those kids aren't even wearing "swim diapers." I already think the swim diapers are kind of gross, but the fact that people are just letting their babies pee and who knows what else in the pool really freaks me out. It makes me never want to go to this particular pool.

arusho from University Place, Wa. on November 19, 2011:

Good hub, I like the pee comment. No one wants to float around in someone else's pee!

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