Swimming is a favorite pastime of young and old alike. Many families love having access to a pool in their HOA community because it’s a great way to cool down in the summer heat, get some exercise, and let kids burn off their energy. A pool can be an attractive amenity, but it also must be approached with caution. It’s important to have some safety procedures put in place to ensure families are having fun but also being cautious.

Lifeguards or No Lifeguards? That is a question many HOAs struggle with. While having a lifeguard on duty is a great idea, it can also be costly if the swim season is long. You also want to verify that lifeguards have proper training and certifications. If your HOA doesn’t have a lifeguard, make sure that it is clearly posted and homeowners are aware that they must watch out for themselves and others. You may want to consider getting homeowner input.

Safe Fencing. The pool area should be surrounded by a fence. This can help keep children and unwanted visitors from wandering in. Make sure that gates close securely and the fence is in good condition. Some communities require a key or keycard for access to further enhance safety.

Post (and Enforce) Rules. The HOA should establish clear policies when it comes to using the pool. This could include things such as no diving, no running, no glass bottles, only using the pool during certain hours, and requiring an adult to supervise children. Before opening the pool for summer, remind homeowners of these rules to promote their safety and wellbeing.

Encourage Training. Partner up with a local organization to offer CPR certifications or swim lessons. Having these courses available each year at your community can encourage homeowners to participate. This enhances safety if a lifeguard is not on duty and allows more homeowners to take action if an incident arises.

Cleanliness. Make sure that the pool is checked for cleanliness on a regular basis. This includes not just visible debris, but also testing chemical levels. Provide trash and recycling bins for members to use while they’re in the pool area, and remind homeowners to be courteous and pick up after themselves.

Host a Pool Party. Welcome the start of summer by hosting a get-together at the pool for homeowners and their families. This can be a great time for people to get to know one another and to review pool rules and safety.

Swimming is a wonderful summer activity and one that can be enjoyed by all ages. By working together, the HOA and homeowners can make it a safer situation for all. If your HOA needs help managing amenities and putting proper rules and procedures in place, contact Kuester Management Group today and find out how we can help.

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