Gym Swimming Pool Etiquette
As an athlete, I spend a lot of time in swimming pools - an average of two to three times per week. I swim at both a YMCA and a Gold's gym, but I've noticed people don't have a clue about swimming pool etiquette in either of these gyms. The lack of swimming pool etiquette appears to be a universal problem!
I find it very disturbing that most people have no concept of swimming pool etiquette. If you swim at a pool or have a desire to swim at a pool, it is in your best interest to learn about the etiquette!
This article contains some friendly tips for you to apply next time you’re at the gym pool. Become part of the solution, not part of the problem with public swimming pools!
By all means shower before you get in the pool. Thoroughly rinse yourself off. I have seen way too many people simply enter the pool without showering. This is gross. Showering removes your hair product, your sweat, your deodorant, the dirt on you, and everything else. Getting in the pool without showering simply pollutes the water.
Don’t pee in the pool. Even if you think other people pee in the pool, don’t do it. This is gross.
Don’t wear your workout clothes in the pool, especially after you work out. The sweat and stuff in your clothes will simply come off in the pool. Wear swim trunks and shower with them on to clean them too.
If there are lap lanes in the pool, the pool is setup for people to swim laps…not for lollygagging such as alternating dips from the hot tub to the pool to cool off. This is not acceptable. Use the shower to cool off instead.
I’ve had a few altercations with pool ‘’walkers”. Last time I checked it was called a “swimming pool”…anyway, I don’t necessarily have a problem with pool walkers. If, however, there are several lap lanes and several walkers, it is much easier for a walker to share a lane with another walker than with someone swimming laps. I also had a walker once refuse to share a lane with me. This is unacceptable…as a swimmer we constantly have to share lanes. The same rules apply to walkers.
Lap Lane Usage
The general rule is if there are two of you (swimmers, not walkers) in the lane, you each choose a side of the lane and stay on that side during your swim. If there are more than two people, everyone swims in a circle with the lane divider always on your right side.
If you are sharing a lane, swim freestyle or you can use a kickboard. If you want to swim the butterfly or breaststroke, wait until a free lane opens up. These strokes take up too much of the lane and you will constantly hit the other person in the lane.
Kids / Family Time
If the entire pool is setup with lap lanes, it is not the time to bring your family into the pool with floaties and toys and everything else. Please check the pool schedule for the “Family” or “Open” swim times. Lap swimming is for lap swimming…imagine that!