Outdoor Swimming Pool Etiquette

The swimming pool is a great way to unwind and cool off in the hot summer sun. However, some people forget their manners and dive headfirst into the deep end of rude behavior. Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips for swimming pool manners.

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #257


Ever since I was a kid, going to the swimming pool with my family in the summer has been a ritual. Now as a father of two, I get to take my own family to the pool…even though my 14-month-old is more impressed by the outdoor showers than by the giant baby pool available to him.  

To add to the fun, we have made great friends with other families who come to the pool on a hot summer day. It makes a public pool feel like a home away from home. But no matter how comfortable the pool makes me feel, I know that it’s not my own personal splash pond.  Sadly, some people don't share in this belief.


Granted, I write about etiquette for a living, so I always judge on a curve to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Yet, I have to admit that when it comes to the swimming pool, it's more like judging on a slider, given that some people’s bad manners go way off the deep end.  So before you grab your towels and head out with the family, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for proper outdoor swimming pool etiquette:

Tip #1: WAAAAAAALKAnd Other Simple Rules to Follow

I don't want to be a killjoy here, folks, but the pool has rules for a reason and they really aren't that demanding. Pretty much anything other than running, smoking, and having WrestleMania reenactments in the swimming pool is okay.  Still, people like to rebel against the pool’s policies.  I pay to belong to the pool too (and it isn't cheap) so yes I expect to get my money's worth, but how far are you trying to stretch that dollar?  You may be the king or queen of your own house but at the community pool, you're just one of the many peons in the kingdom.

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