Swimming Pool Rules And Regulations That Must Be Followed

By: ROS Team

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Swimming is a great way to relax and cool off on hot days. Real estate developers understand the appeal of having a swimming pool on-site, which is why pools are one of the most common amenities in most apartment buildings.

However, there are potential hazards that come with having a swimming pool on a property.  Here are a few apartment pool guidelines that apartment residents must observe to avoid serious injury while enjoying the property’s swimming pool.

Follow The Lifeguard’s Instructions

Apartment management employs lifeguards to enforce pool rules and safety procedures. Lifeguards are certified and trained personnel who are there to identify and save swimmers who may find themselves in distress while in the pool. Tenants, their guests, and children should abide by lifeguards’ instructions while at the apartment’s swimming pool to remain safe.

Use Pool Safety Equipment

It’s important to locate the pool’s safety equipment anytime you visit the swimming pool. All residents should not only know what safety equipment is available at the pool but they should also know how to use it in case of an emergency. Talk to the lifeguard on duty if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment or how it works.

Keep The Space Around You Clean

What’s a pool date without snacks? If your apartment permits residents to carry snacks and beverages to the pool, be sure to keep the area around you tidy and clutter free. Don’t leave boxes, soda cans, wrappers, and other trash on pool tables and chairs as they can blow around and become a tripping or slipping hazard for others.

Abide by the Apartment’s Guest Policy

If your lease agreement states that guests must be accompanied by residents while in the pool area, you should respect that. Don’t give guests the pool’s access code or key if you’re not available to go to the pool with them.

Keep an Eye On Children

Kids always love and enjoy playing at the pool. Unfortunately, kids are also more prone to accidents near or in the pool than adults.  Keep an eye on any child that’s playing in the pool area while you’re there.  Help enforce the pool’s safety rules to ensure the pool remains a safe and fun place for everyone.

Use Apartment Pool Restrooms

When nature calls you have to answer, even if you’re at the swimming pool. There are almost always restrooms located near the pool for guests’ convenience.  Keep the pool area safe and sanitary by ensuring babies and toddlers wear diapers in the pool area.  In the same vein, ensure that dirty diapers and wipes are thrown in garbage cans.

General Swimming Pool Rules

  • Running near the pool is prohibited since there is an increased chance of slipping.
  • Diving is not allowed since the pool is not deep enough.
  • Children should not be left unattended while they are near the water. Check the law in your state to find out the minimum age at which a child can be left unattended at a pool.
  • If families with small children plan to visit the swimming pool, toddlers must wear diapers designed for swimming.
  • The pool must not be overcrowded—observe the crowd capacity of the pool. If the pool becomes crowded on weekends, it may become necessary to limit the number of guests that can accompany each resident.
  • Animals must not be allowed in the pool.
  • Glass bottles are prohibited at the pool.
  • Every guest must wear appropriate swim attire when using pool facilities.
  • Don’t apply any lotion or cream before entering a swimming pool.
  • It’s a good idea to take a shower before swimming.
  • Those who have long hair should consider wearing a swimming cap.
  • Food should not be allowed near a pool.
  • Beginner swimmers should wear a red cap so they are easy to identify in the water.
  • Stairs in the pool should be used for entrance and exit.
  • The pool is only for swimming and there should not be any other activity.
  • If you know a person who is suffering from a known serious medical condition, he or she should not use the pool alone.
  • Persons who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol should be restricted from entering the pool area.
  • Don’t wear jewelry.
  • In case of an emergency, the pool area should be vacated according to the posted emergency protocols.


While we have mentioned the most common and standard swimming pool rules, you may find different rules depending on your location. It is always better to check local apartment pool rules before you enter the pool.

And if you notice that people are not following swimming pool guidelines, don’t hesitate to remind them of the rules so that everyone can enjoy the pool safely.