Although the summer days are winding down, our high temperatures still seem to be holding strong. With Labor Day right around the corner, many of us will be heading to the water to cool off. To make the most out of your pool experience, keep discourteous behavior to a minimum by truly thinking of others and how your actions can affect them.
Music: Listening to music makes a pool day more enjoyable. Respect the enjoyment of others and keep the tunes to yourself by using your headphones. When you’re at a public pool, you’re in public space.
Food: There is nothing better than a cold drink with lots of ice on a hot day. Everyone loves to enjoy treats at the pool. However, problems arise when people leave their trash laying around. Please pick up your drinks and food trash so that others don’t have to. This also will discourage ants and other pesky bugs.
Follow Rules: If the sign says, “no glass” make sure that you obey it to avoid the chance of broken glass landing in or around the pool and hurting someone. The rules are in place for the safety of everyone.
Mindful of Space: When you’re at a public space, only take up as much space as you need. During these hot summer days the pool can fill up fast. Use minimal space so that everyone can enjoy the pool.
Bring a Towel: Whenever you go to a friend’s house for a swim or swim party, bring your own towel. How would you like to be the host and be left after the swim with tons of wet towels that your guest borrowed from you when they came?
Pool Space: People use the pool for many different reasons ranging from water aerobics to lane swimming. While in the pool respect the space of others. Unless you are swimming laps in the lanes, try and stick to the other areas of the pool. If you would like to learn more about the Rules of Conduct for Lap Swimmers click here.
Watch your Children: Public pools are not daycare facilities. Children always need to be watched. Teach your little ones the importance of not disturbing the peace of others by screaming and loud laughing.
Proper Attire: When choosing what to wear for your swim, think about what is suitable for your audience. If you are going to a public pool save that itsy bitsy bikini for another time and place.
Keep these tips in mind when heading out for some fun in the sun!
- The Sandman. This is the guy who wanders off the beach with wet feet, coated in a thick layer of sand, and then walks up to the hotel, leaving a trail of abrasive crumbs behind. Or, even worse, the Sandman will jump into a nearby pool, depositing all that sand at the bottom of the pool – an unwelcome surprise for other swimmers! Beach-side establishments usually have showers readily available to prevent this mess; use them!
- The Oblivious Swimmers. The Oblivious Swimmers jump into the water with a blatant disregard for the posted warning signs. Whether it’s a strong riptide, high populations of jellyfish, or inclement weather, nothing stops these Swimmers from their splashing. Respect the signs and the warnings from lifeguards; they’re there for a reason!
- The Zookeepers. Some of the excitement of the beach comes from the diversity of its flora and fauna. However, the Zookeepers take it upon themselves to care for the seagulls by feeding them leftover snacks. Seagulls have a special place in the coastal ecosystem, but they do not need your Chex Mix or Pretzels. Feeding them propagates their aggression; next time, they may take food from a not-so-willing beachgoer.
- The DJs. DJs certainly love their music, and they make sure that the rest of the beach enjoys it too. However, not everyone shares their passion for the techno music genre. Sound travels easily on the beach, so keep volumes low or invest in a good set of fashionable headphones.
- The Exhibitionists. We’ve all seen these types of Beachgoer; they make sure that we do. The Exhibitionists wear skimpy swimsuits or get too comfortable with their significant others on the beach. Beaches are public places – so save the string bikinis and loving kisses for private.
- The Dust Devil. Nothing is worse than getting an unexpected face-full of sand when these Sandstorms decide to shake out their towels. They’ll also whip up sand by running through dunes or wearing flip-flops through the sand. When cleaning off your sitting space, make sure that the sand returns to the beach.
- The Negligent Neighbors. Even though space on the beach can sometimes be tight, these Nosy Neighbors never notice that they spread out right on top of your towel. Their impressive collection of sand toys often finds its way onto your towel and will be discovered upon rolling over a plastic shovel during a nap in the sun. There might be a few inches of golden sand peeking out between the towels, but this is not enough to give people the privacy or elbow room they deserve. Personal space is sacred for many people; be mindful of others around you.
- The Beach Bully. The Beach Bully is the worst kind of beachgoer. They needlessly destroy sandcastles, throw their trash onto the beach or into the water, and even steal beach furniture and chairs. This type of behavior does not need an explanation of why this is improper etiquette. They might be on a well-deserved break, but kindness and consideration for others never go on vacation!