Everyone into the pool!
Swimming pools are a much-sought-after amenity. But as with any amenity, boards need to balance fun and safety.
The need for a lifeguard depends on local regulations. If the board hires a lifeguard, residents need to be aware of the days and hours when a lifeguard is on duty; the board may even decide to close the pool to residents when he or she is not available.
A complete list of rules about pool etiquette doesn’t have to be exhaustive, but the basics need to be covered. First, who is allowed at the pool, and when? The board should post the hours of operation and any restrictions or guest policy near the entrances. It should decide if there will be restricted pool hours (making room for an adults-only swim on certain days of the week or at certain times of day, for example).
Rules regarding food and drink should also be considered. Public pools often prohibit glass bottles and alcohol in the name of safety, which may be a rule boards want to copy. The board should also develop a policy regarding parties: is the pool available for private functions? What is its guest capacity? During a party, are any food, drink, or alcohol restrictions waived? Are private parties just a matter of reserving the pool, or is there a fee?
No matter what combination of decisions the board makes, the main takeaway should be make it fun – but keep it safe.