Apartments with community pools are tenant magnets when temperatures soar. It makes sense, too, as they make for great places to beat the heat, get to know your fellow apartment dwellers, and unwind in general, but it’s important that you know the etiquette that goes with them to keep things chill for everyone.
Keep It (Relatively) Quiet
Swimming is exhilarating for both kids and adults — and with that exhilaration comes yelling, screaming, and the playing of loud music. No one expects pool patrons to whisper or follow library etiquette, but it’s still important for everyone to remember that it’s not just their pool, but one that’s shared by all their fellow tenants.
Keep ear-shattering shrieks to a minimum, even if that means taking baby Susie or Mikey inside for the sake of others. Playing music on radios or electronic devices can create a festive atmosphere, but keep the volume moderate so people around the pool can converse without shouting and no one inside the surrounding apartments can hear the tunes. If a neighbor oversteps these boundaries of politeness, approach them calmly and respectfully ask them to reduce the volume. Nothing ruins a day at the pool like an argument or scuffle.
Keep It Clean
Landlords and property owners are obligated to keep their pools clean and sanitized. Tenants should feel the exact same responsibility to keep it that way. For starters, you can make sure you and your loved ones aren’t covered in sweat or dirt before taking a dip. You should also avoid letting toddlers with soiled diapers get in the water. Keep food and drinks around the perimeter to avoid accidentally spilling anything in the water, and don’t forget to bring an empty bag where you can stash the trash and keep it from blowing into other people. Hose off pool toys and floatation devices before tossing them into the water. When spraying on sunscreen or tanning lotion, stand on a beach towel so the solution doesn’t coat the concrete and make it dangerously slippery.
Keep Your Kids in Check
Everyone is sure their kids are the smartest and cutest ever born, but unfortunately not everyone agrees (much less cares) to see how you came to that conclusion. That’s not to say that your kids can’t still have fun at the community pool, but you should teach them as soon as they start talking that loud is not allowed, and that soft, civil tones are much more polite and appropriate. Frolicking in the pool will surely raise the volume, which is acceptable as long as it doesn’t make other people upset. If don’t feel you can keep your kids in check just yet, kindly return to your apartment until you can.
Fun and Games
Water games and big splashes are a natural part of poolside fun. Playing Marco Polo is a given, as are cannonball jumps that create giant splashes. But if people who just want to sunbathe are present, you’ll have to keep these big splash jumps to a minimum (or, if space permits, conduct your antics at the opposite end of the pool). Avoid throwing pool toys in the direction of small children or people who are fragilely navigating through the water. In other words, view the pool as you would a dance floor. Move freely and have a good time, but not at the expense of other’s enjoyment.
Self-Care and Dress Code
Protect yourself from sunburn and skin cancer by using an SPF of at least 30. Stay clear of the pool for a minimum of 30 minutes after application to let your skin fully absorb the sunscreen. Reapply after each dip in the pool, or every two hours if you’re just sunbathing. Keep the kids extra protected with frequent reapplications.
Reserve the sexy, revealing swimwear for a beach that promotes scanty fashion or a private pool. Most apartment pools attract a wide range of ages and dress code opinions, so try your best to keep your swim attire tasteful and avoid Speedos and bikinis held together by tiny strings.
Rules and Regulations
Most apartment pools don’t have lifeguards on duty to enforce pool rules, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Glass containers are typically banned from them for several safety reasons, not least of which because shattered glass is difficult to clean up and can quickly compromise the security of the pool floor. Pets are generally off limits at pools on sanitary grounds, and to avoid disturbing interactions with humans and other animals. Diving is also usually prohibited to avoid injuries. If guests are allowed, there’s usually a limit of two per tenant so the pool isn’t overtaken by strangers.
Living at an apartment complex with a community pool is a privilege, one that most tenants agree to pay a little extra for in their monthly rent. Exercising common courtesy when you use these pools keeps that benefit intact for everyone. Be a good neighbor, and enjoy your summer fun responsibly.