3 Pool Safety Rules Everyone Should Reconsider

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For as long as swimming pools have been around, is it still necessary to constantly keep reminding everyone about the swimming pool safety rules? As if anybody actually reads or takes them into consideration anyways, right…? I know I didn’t when I was younger – and my dad was actually in the swimming pool industry. Oh the irony…

For as long as I can remember, the pool safety rules have basically been the same at every commercial swimming pool. We get it, “No running,” “No glass,” “Shower beforehand,” etc.…but all that really sounds like to us is “No Fun,” especially for the younger ones. I mean all those “No’s” just sound so negative, no wonder no one pays attention to any of them.

Little kids want to run wild around the pool every chance they get, teens want to hang out at the pool at night while its closed, the older groups want to drink beer at the pool – and not out of a can… I know because I use to be one of them. (My dads going to kill me haha.) and surely no one ever pays attention to how many people are actually in the pool at one time.

I think part of the problem is – besides the obvious authoritative manner in which the rules are displayed (No, No, No, No…) – that no ones ever really explained the reasoning behind these somewhat “silly” rules in the first place.

Have you ever told someone they can’t do something without explaining why? That’s pretty aggravating in it of itself but surely the next thing out of that person’s mouth is “why not?”

Personally I always appreciate a “please” and I think that makes the world of difference no matter what you’re talking about.

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So aside from the blatantly obvious rules, I wanted to give you some reasoning from a different perspective on some of the rules that people may not fully understand; a pool professionals perspective.


1. No glass in pool area

This is an important one and may not be as obvious as you think. I too use to hate this rule because I felt once I was “old enough” that as long as I was responsible; I didn’t see the harm in having a glass bottle on the table in the pool area. The main concern obviously being broken glass and someone cutting their foot…But on the contrary, although that is also a legitimate reason that is not the most important one.

By law, if any broken glass enters a swimming pool the pool must be drained in order to properly remove it because glass is virtually invisible under the water. If done properly, this involves closing the pool, vacuuming it, draining it, cleaning the filters, filling the pool back up and then rebalancing the chemicals.

Depending on the size of the pool, this could cost a fortune in water alone. Some pools we service are over 100,000 gallons of water. That could potentially take a week to refill and balance while the pool remains closed to the public. Now imagine all that because of one stubborn person… worth it?


2. Shower before entering

This may be the most overlooked rule ever and I can’t blame anyone for thinking “why would I shower when I’m about to jump into a pool full of chemicals?” So maybe this will help; here is a paragraph from one of my previous posts to help you get a better idea of what goes in to the water.

“Microorganisms are living creatures too small to be seen by the naked eye and are constantly introduced into your swimming pool water by rain, wind, and the human bather.

Non-living organic contaminants are also objectionable. An active adult swimmer can lose a pint of perspiration or more per hour. Perspiration is loaded with compounds resembling the chemistry of urine. The body is also constantly shedding microscopic skin particles sloughed off by the friction of water. These are all “involuntary wastes.” Add in “voluntary wastes” such as expectorate, nasal discharge, fecal matter, and urine and you begin to appreciate the bather load created.” – Taylor Technologies

Here is the full blog post:


Now you especially begin to appreciate the bather load when you consider how many people are swimming at any given time plus the amount of people in and out of the pool throughout the entire day. Imagine the difference it would make if every single person who used the pool showered beforehand. 


3. Maximum Capacity

This one plays a close role to the previous rule of “Showering before you enter.” Not because the pool couldn’t potentially fit that many people in it at once but because of its filtration area.

Every swimming pool has a specific motor circulating a certain amount of water in gallons per minute. Now based on the amount of water moving in order to properly circulate the water, the filtration area is designed to match the GPM accordingly in order to filter the proper amount of water moving through it.

Basically the pool is designed to circulate and filter a certain amount of water per day, usually enough to turn the pool over twice. That being said, if there are too many people in the pool at once and consistently throughout the day, then you are introducing more contaminants into the water than you are able to filter. Make sense? Chemicals are only half the battle my friends.


I hope this helps shed some light on the true significance of some of the oldest swimming pool safety rules around.


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