As the weather warms up, many people are anxious for the pool to be open for the summer. It is a great place to relax, socialize, cool down, and get some exercise. Having a pool is one amenity that many homeowners appreciate about living in an HOA community. However, before member can take that first swim, the HOA has to ensure that everything – and everyone – is prepared.
First thing’s first. Since the pool has been sitting idle all winter, it’s a good idea to have the equipment and area serviced. Make sure that pumps and filters are working properly, any broken equipment is repaired or replaced, and all areas around the pool are checked for potential dangers. Consider emptying the pool to check for damage or wear-and-tear on the lining. These issues should be addressed before the pool is cleaned and refilled. Also check the pool deck for cracks or hazards.
Cleaning and shocking the pool is essential before allowing anyone to swim. All leaves and debris should be removed and the level of chlorine and other chemicals monitored. Hiring a professional may be a good option to ensure that the water and equipment are up to safety standards. Remember that the pool should also be monitored and cleaned periodically throughout the summer.
Rules and Regulations
Not only should the HOA have pool rules clearly posted around the facility, it is also a good idea to remind homeowners of guidelines prior to opening day. Send out a friendly email to get everyone excited and let them know how they can use the pool safely and responsibly this summer. If keycards or a passcode are required to enter the pool area, provide information for homeowners to register for access or get new/replacement cards.
Pool safety is critical. Some HOAs choose to hire lifeguards depending on the size of their facility and community as well as their budget. Others do not. In any case, it is important to have proper safety procedures in place. Make sure there is rescue equipment available, a first aid kit, and possibly even an AED machine. Check the fencing around the pool for any damage and to ensure that it locks correctly. If there are a lot of children in the neighborhood, bringing in a professional to hold swim lessons, CPR certification, or a pool safety course may be a good idea. Ask around to gauge interest.
Once the pool is ready and homeowners are up-to-date on rules and expectations, it’s time to get the fun started. Opening day is a wonderful time to host a community event that brings homeowners together such as a picnic, barbecue, party, or other fun activity. If your HOA is unsure what it needs to do to prepare for summer and pool season, Kuester can help.