Get ready to cannonball your way into summer because pool season in your HOA is almost here, and it’s time to make a splash (or a big belly flop, your choice)!

Whether you’re gearing up to show off your swimming skills or funky floaties, it’s essential to keep in mind that using your community pool comes with certain responsibilities, including pool etiquette. Let’s explore some essential tips for using proper pool etiquette this spring:

  1. Follow the Rules: Before you start making waves, it’s important to note that most HOAs typically have a set of rules for using the pool, and it’s crucial to follow them. These rules are generally easily accessible and posted around the pool area and can include everything from no diving to no glass containers. Following these rules ensures everyone’s safety and allows everyone to have fun and make a splash (just not the forbidden kind)!
  2. Make Sure Your Guests Know the Rules: If you plan on having guests over to use the pool, make sure they know the rules as you will be responsible for any rules they break. This will help avoid relay races on slippery grounds, or your friend’s pet goldfish going for a swim. Your fellow pool-goers will thank you!
  3. Avoid Loud Music: While it’s tempting to blast your favorite 2000s hits while enjoying the pool, it’s important to be considerate of your neighbors. Loud music can disrupt the peace and tranquility of the community and may violate the HOA’s noise ordinances. Keep the volume to a reasonable level to avoid disturbing others. Yes, yes, even when “Beautiful Day” by U2 comes on.
  4. Don’t Use Glass Near the Pool: We all know broken glass and bare feet do not mix well! Using glass containers near the pool is a major safety hazard. If glass breaks, it can create a hazard for swimmers and maintenance personnel. Stick to using plastic or metal containers instead to prevent accidents and promote safety.
  5. Avoid the Pool if You or Your Children Have Been Sick: If you or your little ones have been under the weather lately, it’s probably best to avoid using the pool. No one wants to swim in a soup of germs – it may not exactly be the refreshing dip you had in mind!

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By following these simple pool etiquette tips, you can ensure that everyone can enjoy the pool safely and have a great time this spring. So, grab your sunscreen, put on your swimsuit, and enjoy the refreshing waters of your community pool!