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Manners Matter: Pool Etiquette

It's the place to cool off on a hot summer day - but are you playing it polite at the public pool?

Studio 5 Etiquette Expert and Blogger Janine Ottley shares a few reminder.

At a public pool, remember you're not alone. This facility is for the use and enjoyment of so many- so taking turns on slides, diving boards, and other equipment is important.

Watch your children so carefully! Whether swimming at a private home, or in a public pool, it's your responsibility as a parent or adult to watch those you have brought with you. The buddy system is always a great second measure to take (making sure every person has someone else they are swimming with), but it doesn't take the place of actually watching the people you came with. it's never a bad idea to have one person staying out of the pool and supervising. Watching everyone is difficult to do when you're all in the pool playing- what if you were the one in trouble?

In the locker or changing room- find a private place to change. I had a friend bring her young son with her into the locker room because that's the responsible thing to do (never allow a younger child to attend the restroom by themselves - bring them with you) and a woman was so offended that my friend had brought her son with her because the lady was changing and, at the time, was sans clothing. In that case, find a stall, a shower curtain, some place where you can change privately for your sake and others! (The exception to this rule if you must is a Spa where only 18+ are allowed to attend).

Use a swim diaper but not alone. Always make sure you have a plastic cover over the swim diaper. It's a great invention that actually prevents a majority of mess to leak out of the diaper. Also remember that just because they are wearing a swim diaper, it does not mean you don't have to change it as frequently.

Leave things better than you found them. This is something my mom always taught me. Whether you are bringing drinks for everyone when attending a friends pool, lunch, or any other items that might leave litter- always make sure you leave your place better than you found it. If it's a friends pool, make sure you help clean up the plethora of pool toys and floats before heading home. It never hurts to have our children learn that they need to respect their surroundings and I believe this is a great way to help them do that.

Janine Ottley

Janine Ottley is a wife, mom, business owner, and blogger, who tries to wear many hats! She loves weekly dates with her husband, sushi, and jumps at any chance to travel. For more of Janine's etiquette advice, visit her blog: www.thepinkteapot.b

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