Thanks to Signs, You Can Just Keep Swimming

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Apr 16, 2012

Thanks to Signs, You Can Just Keep Swimming

No matter if we like it or not, we live in the world of signs. Traffic signs on the street, grocery signs in the supermarket, direction signs at the airports and for us more importantly rule signs at a swimming pool. One wouldn't think much about the signs in the last group, however, believe it or not, they are a key ingredient to a well functional pool facility and to enjoyable swimming experience. Suman, a lifelong aficionado of swimming, is here to bring more awareness and understanding of pool signs.
Pool depth sign (in Finnish, but everyone understands)

Enter Suman:
Consider these situations: you’re learning how to swim at the pool and find yourself in a pocket of water deeper than you wanted. You can’t concentrate on getting your laps in because a pool visitor brought his barking dog, or you slip on a Big Mac wrapper lying on the wet ground. Pool facility regulators must do what they can from preventing new swimmers from going off the deep end. Promoting rules, especially through strategically placed swimming pool signs, can make all the difference.

Like driving, swimming is an activity that requires people to be completely present, so there is no wonder that pool signs are utilized in a supportive and instructional manner. Clearly understandable signs help turn the pool into an amazing fully functional organism. Hundreds of people get in and out of pools and none of them would for example want to use public pools where people don’t shower or rinse off beforehand, which is why the signs require swimmers to shower before entering.

Pool rules signs also help to monitor what people can’t/shouldn't bring into swimming areas. For example, food, beverages, and tobacco products are generally prohibited, and apart from guide animals, pets are usually not allowed as well. Since these are public pools, everyone should do their part to keep swimming pools enjoyable places to be, so please obey the signs :).

When it comes to swimming, every inch or foot makes a difference. Shallow waters about three feet deep (~1 meter) are good for wading, relaxing, or swimming with infants or small children. However, that depth is definitely not ideal for jumping or diving, so it’s important to pay attention to 3ft (~1m) pool depth markers. In-ground pools are usually about five feet (~1,5m) deep, so they are a bit safer when it comes to diving in, but still the depth markers are needed for the new swimmers who should test how they feel at different depths, whether it’s three or six feet (~1-1,5m).

No Diving
It’s also crucial that divers know some ground rules before diving, since it can be a riskier activity than swimming. It’s all too easy for someone to jump into waters that are too shallow and injure themselves, striking their head or their legs on the pool bottom or side. No diving signs and other diving rules signs set the ground rules for swimmers to follow, from alerting others of shallow waters with no diving or urging people not to jump or push people into the water. Caution & warning no diving signs will save lives and stop injuries by commanding people to prevent drowning by watching their children or not to dive in an above-ground pool. Apart from fatalities, a dive that’s too steep can result in a broken neck and paralysis. As some of the signs say, "If in doubt, don’t dive!" (from Swimator Blog: An injury sustained from diving into shallow water is very very common, my brother for example had his shoulder dislocated after hitting the bottom too hard during one of our child games at our pool, so do not take this lightly.)

Since swimming is one of the most fun activities possible, that does not mean it is always safe. People must be on their guard. It is all too easy to get into an accident, slip and fall, or inconvenience others. In addition to our heroic lifeguards, swimming pool signs make sure

If you are a swimming facility manager or owner, please make sure your signs have been installed in your pool area as a support system to enjoy swimming or water play. If you are not sure where to start, why not for example check out an online store such as which will provide you with a guidance on what type of materials and texture to consider. For example, aluminum signs are great allies because they withstand water spray, rust, weather, and abrasion. Or how about choosing signs which are skid-resistant and adhere to most surfaces instead of slippery. Many online shops also provide custom templates, so you as a swimming pool operator can create rules which fit your specific needs. So as you see, getting the appropriate rules arsenal for your swimming pool is quite simple, so make your pools safe.

From Swimator Blog: You may not even realize it, but more than likely you always check out at least one pool rule sign before beginning a swim to see if you are complying with pool procedures. Be it something you spot in the showers, around the pool or the signs which tell you the speed of swimmers in particular lanes. Next time you are in the pool, just pay attention and you will see that I am right. Better yet, why don't you count how many signs you encounter in your local pool during the next visit and share your count with us. It will be interesting to see how signs rule the pool :).

This guest post is contributed by Suman Sridhar, a lifelong aficionado of swimming. She is a content writer for, a SmartSign site.

Be seen, keep your stuff dry and take a break when needed.


Underground Pools said...

I feel like following a sign to the nearest ocean and jumping in.