Throwing a pool party should be the highlight of your summer. However, thanks to some disruptive guests who don’t know when they’ve crossed a line, too many pool parties are transformed into aquatic nightmares. With a little forethought and careful crafting of some pool rules, you can do your best to make sure your next pool party is a swimming success for host and guests alike. In our first article, we talked about the importance of respecting people’s right to avoid the water, as well as keeping food and science experiments out of the pool. In this article, we’ll add a few more rule ideas that will help you and your guests have a great time in and around your backyard oasis.
Demand Drying to Prevent Slippery Situations
Some kids and even some adults get so distracted by all the fun they’re having in the water that they forget to dry off when they get out of the pool. In fact, they sometimes forget to slow down while they’re dripping wet. They may even track water into the house on their way to the bathroom. The result of all this running around dripping wet tends to be a messy, slippery accident waiting to happen. So be sure to gently remind your guests to grab their towels and dry off as soon as they get out of the water. To make these instructions easier, stock up on some inexpensive beach towels and keep a few baskets of them handy beside all the pool’s exit points.
Make Sure the Float Fits the Floater
Little cousin Johnny may have loved riding on that small blue dolphin float last time his family visited from Wisconsin three years ago. However, you can’t let his sense of nostalgia get in the way of pointing out that he’s grown six inches taller and gotten quite a bit heavier since then. At his current size, big cousin John would be better off using an adult-sized float. Though it will require some gentleness in your approach, kindly suggest that your larger friends steer clear of floats intended for smaller people to use. That is if you don’t want to keep having to buy new floats year after year!
A bit of horseplay in the pool is to be expected when you get a group of rowdy kids together. How much you allow is up to you. Be sure to set clear limits when it comes to what you allow your guests to do in the pool in order to promote safety and make sure everyone is having a good time. Dunking can quickly get out of hand, so it should probably be prohibited no matter who is in the pool.
You can tailor your rules based on which guests are attending the party. For example, while cannonballs might be acceptable at Justin’s tenth birthday party with his classmates, they may be off limits when great-aunt Matilda is coming for a backyard barbecue. Whatever behavior you decide to allow in the pool should include basic respect for other people as well as respect for your pool toys, floats, equipment, and accessories.
These suggestions are just some of the ways you can prevent out-of-control guests from putting a damper on your next pool party. Talk to your family and find out if there are any other personal rules you want to put in place to keep your pool parties safe and fun for everyone this summer. Feel free to share below in the comments any additional rules which you have found helpful for your pool.
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