Keep Your Pool Party Safe With These Tips

Posted on: 22 October 2015

One of the best things about having a pool installed in your backyard (by professionals such as those from Contemporary Pools Inc) is anticipating the pool parties that will soon appear on your social calendar. Pool parties, however, aren't a time to forgo safety in favor of a good time -- especially when there are children around. While most pool party guests know that running around the pool deck and roughhousing in the water aren't acceptable, it's important that you take a leadership role to ensure other rules are met at your party so that an accident doesn't get in the way of the memorable time you're creating. Here are three ways to keep your pool party safe. 

Assign A Pool Supervisor

When children are enjoying the pool and parents are sitting around the deck with some snacks and drinks, it's easy for an adult to stop focusing on the children simply because he or she knows there are other adults around and assumes that someone must be paying attention. Avoid the risk of an accident happening by assigning rotating pool supervisors to keep a watchful eye on the people in the pool. Break up the get-together into shifts of 30 minutes and set a positive example by taking the first shift yourself. Each person who supervises the pool should be vigilant about not getting distracted and should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages in case he or she needs to act quickly.

Encourage Swim Buddies

Give the children at your party some ownership over their safety by pairing them up before they get in the water. Assign a "swim buddy" to each child and explain that children should keep a careful eye on their partner at all times. Teach the children to communicate with their partners while they're in the water and to never swim without each other. The buddy system isn't a reason for the adults to avoid being vigilant, but is a useful safety measure.

Prevent Too Many Swimmers

At large pool parties it can be easy for a pool to become full of people having a good time. The risk to this scenario, however, is that it's easy for someone to mistakenly jump on or kick someone else in the water. Additionally, someone who is experiencing difficulty in the water might not have his or her voice heard or be immediately visible to parental supervision. Do some research to determine the ideal number of people for your pool's square footage and avoid exceeding that number.