Tips for Selecting and Visiting a Public Swimming Pool
The following are some things to consider when selecting and visiting a public swimming pool.
Tip #1: Consider cost
Travel expense and admission are obvious costs for visiting a public swimming pool. Large water parks and even local public pools often offer season passes. Before you purchase a season pass, think about how often you will be visiting the pool to ensure it is a wise investment. If you will be spending most or all of the day at a pool or water park, you will need money for snacks and drinks. You can save money on these items if the water park or pool allows you to bring in your own food and beverages.
Tip #2: Proper sanitation is important
Never swim in a pool that is obviously dirty. The pool water should be clear and there should not be any debris floating in the pool. The area around the pool should be free of trash, too. Your own hygiene and health should be included with this tip, too. Never visit a public pool when you have a contagious disease or open wounds or sores because you will be putting everyone around you at risk.
Tip #3: Examine the extras
Your reason for visiting a public pool will dictate what extra features are desired. Families out for a day of fun will usually want water slides, diving boards, and other exciting features. A couple out for a day of relaxation would enjoy a public pool that offers a private pool or hot tub for adults. Some locations have lap pools so you can exercise. Swimming lessons or water sports teams can be great features, though these things may cost extra.
Tip #4: Stay safe
Safety is very important in public places, especially when deep water is involved. All visitors to public pools should know how to swim. Bathing suits should not impair this ability. Horseplay increases chances of injury. Finally, keep your possessions safe, too. Most public swimming pools will provide lockers – sometimes at an additional fee – to store your personal items in. If no lockers are available, leave valuables at home or in your car.