Throwing a pool party is one of the highlights of a pool owner’s summer season. Before you fire up the grill and put out the Tiki torches, you’ll want to make sure you take some simple steps to prepare the main attraction: your pool. After all, a fun pool party is a safe, sanitary, and sensational pool party. Here are some key items to check off of your to-do list before your guests arrive.
Tips for Making Your Pool Party Safe
No matter what else happens at your pool party, it will only be a true success if you do your best to promote pool safety. This is especially true if you’re having children at the pool party.
Provide Safety Gear
Keep different sizes of U.S. Coastguard approved life jackets on hand. That way, if any little guest who isn’t a strong swimmer shows up without their own life jacket, you’ll be prepared. Remind parents if they would prefer for their kids to use their own life jackets that they’ll need to send them. Communicate with parents about their child’s swimming ability to find out if they’ll be safe swimming without a life jacket or water wings.
Lay Down the Law
Take a few minutes at the beginning of the party to explain the pool safety rules. These should include items such as no running on the pool deck, no diving in the shallow end, no holding other people underwater, no splashing people who don’t want to be splashed, no pushing people into the pool, and generally no rough play. If you want to, you can make this part of the presentation fun rather than boring by taking on a new persona, such as wearing a funny costume or using a silly accent. This will grab the kids’ attention and help make them listen. Just make sure if you use an accent that your young guests can still understand what you’re saying. Posting your rules in bold, large print on a poster board to help everyone remember them is also a good idea.
Always Choose an Adult Supervisor
If you want to be able to relax and enjoy the festivities along with your guests, it’s a smart idea to hire a professional lifeguard. If you don’t want to add that extra expense, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the kids the whole time they’re in the water or choose another adult to be on pool watcher duty.
Make sure that whoever you choose as the pool watcher knows that they must concentrate on the kids at all times. Pick someone responsible who will take the job seriously. After all, these precious lives are in your hands! Give the pool watcher something to wear that will clearly distinguish them from everyone else. Make it a brightly colored hat or badge – something that will stand out. While you’re explaining the rules at the beginning of the party, tell the kids that whichever adult they see wearing the chosen item is the one currently on duty. This way you can set up a rotation so that different adults can take turns watching the pool. If you switch pool watchers every half hour, then everyone will have time to relax and enjoy the party and the one on duty won’t get tired of keeping their eyes on the pool.
In our next article, we’ll wrap up the subject of pool safety and move on to some other pool party preparation tips.
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