In addition to the do’s and don’ts we mentioned in Part 1, here are some other commonly accepted standards of swimming pool etiquette that lap swimmers need to consider. These tips apply to anyone entering the water for any reason.
Keep Your Pee to Yourself
Yes, we had to go there. Really, we’d rather you not do it. But gross as it may be, it’s no big secret that people routinely pee in the swimming pool. But still. Deny it. Or at least refrain from announcing when you do it. Everyone around you may well realize that they’re probably swimming in freshly-peed water, but they really don’t want to be reminded. So just discreetly do whatever you’re going to do and swim on.
Wear Appropriate Swimming Attire
Okay, we’re guessing you typically wear something you once purchased on a rack marked “swim,” but that’s not the only requirement here. While there’s no official expiration date for swimming attire, these things don’t last forever — especially if you subject them to chlorinated water on a routine basis. If your swim suit shows fading from chlorine, the elastic is losing its stretch, or parts are a bit baggy, it’s got to go. If it looks like it’s wearing a tad thin when it’s dry and in the lower lighting of your home, just imagine what it looks like when it’s wet, stretched over your wet body, and subjected to the pool lighting. Yeah, we thought so. Not the look you’re really going for. (And even if it is, get over yourself. No one comes to the pool to see that!)
Remember that Water Is Transparent
Okay, we know this sounds a little like a “duh” announcement, but honestly, if you spend any time at the pool at all, you know that some people truly act as if they don’t realize this fact. Whatever you do under water is viewable to anyone around. The fact that you’re under water makes it no less so. We’re not going into any sordid details here, but ask yourself this: “Would I do this in plain view, out in the open?” If not, then don’t do it under water, either, because you are actually doing it out there in plain view. Simple as that.
Stay Out of the Way
So this one kind of crosses over into the lap swimming etiquette, but still. If you’ve been swimming laps and are finished, feel free to sit around and socialize — as long as you’re not still in the pool, potentially in the way of those who are still swimming. Whether you’re taking a little breather or just wanting to hang out after you’re finished swimming, be mindful of others. Particularly, make sure you steer clear of the area where those who are swimming laps will be turning at the end of their lane.
Now, if all these “rules” sound a little annoying to you, you might want to consider getting your own swimming pool!
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