Understanding good swimming pool shower etiquette is important if you’re to play your part and make sure the showers are clean, safe, and fun to use.
Rules will vary depending on the swimming pool’s own rules, but generally speaking, good etiquette is universal.
Here are 10 rules of good swimming pool shower etiquette to follow:
Swimming Pool Shower Etiquette
1. Don’t Hog the Showers
If you’re using the shower to cool down after your swim, make sure you don’t take too long.
There will be other people wanting to use the showers and you don’t want to hog them.
So, be considerate and try to limit your shower time to no more than five minutes.
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2. Don’t Use Showering as A Time to Socialize
This one is pretty self-explanatory.
The showers are for showering, not socializing. So, save the chatting for after you’ve finished showering.
It’s also worth noting that other people might not want to chat while they’re in the shower, so don’t take it personally if someone doesn’t want to engage in conversation.
They’re just there to shower, not socialize!
3. Never Pee in The Shower!
This one is a no-brainer.
Peeing in the shower is gross, unsanitary, and just plain wrong.
So, don’t do it!
If you need to go to the bathroom, make sure you do so before you get in the shower.
Or, if you really can’t wait, wait until after you’ve finished showering to use the restroom.
Never, ever pee in the shower!
4. Don’t Leave Empty Bottles in The Shower
If you’re using shampoo, conditioner, soap, or any other type of product in the shower, make sure you take the empty bottles with you when you leave.
Nobody wants to deal with your empty bottles, so just dispose of them properly.
The same goes for any trash that you might have in the shower.
5. Dry Off Before Walking to Your Locker
This one is more for the benefit of other people than anything else.
If you’re dripping wet, you’re going to make everything around your locker wet too.
So, make sure you dry off before going to your locker.
It’ll save everyone else from having to deal with your wetness!
Drying off before walking to your locker is also a good way to prevent slips and falls.
6. Don’t Sing or Be Loud While Showering
No matter how good of a signer you think you are, nobody wants to hear you singing in the shower.
And, frankly, nobody wants to hear you talking either.
So, please be considerate and keep your voice down while you’re in the shower.
If you need to talk, save it for after you’ve finished showering.
Remember, other people are trying to shower too and they don’t want to listen to you!
7. Leave the Shower Area as Clean as You Found It
This one should go without saying, but it’s still worth mentioning.
When you’re done showering, make sure you leave the shower area as clean as you found it.
That means picking up any trash, wiping down the counters, and making sure there’s no soap scum or hair in the drain.
Nobody wants to shower in a dirty area (this includes you, I’m sure), so do your part to keep it clean.
8. Don’t Get Into a Single Shower with Someone Else
This one is for the benefit of both you and the other person – despite how fun you might think it is.
Showering with someone else can be awkward, so it’s best to just avoid it altogether.
If you need to shower with someone else, make sure there’s plenty of room for both of you in the shower.
It can also make other people feel uncomfortable knowing you’re showing with someone else, so just avoid it if you can.
9. Respect Other People’s Privacy
This one goes hand-in-hand with the previous rule.
When you’re in the shower, make sure you respect other people’s privacy.
That means not staring at them, not looking through their things, and not listening to their conversations (yes, people do talk in the showers!).
If you can’t help but stare, make sure you at least have the decency to look away when they catch your eye!
Respecting other people’s privacy is a fundamental rule and is key to maintaining good shower etiquette.
10. Wear Sandals when Walking to And from Your Locker
This one is more for your own safety than anything else.
The floor around the shower area can get slippery, so it’s best to wear sandals when walking to and from your locker.
Wearing sandals will help you avoid slips and falls, and will also keep your feet from getting too wet.
It will also limit the risk of you picking up a fungal infection too like athlete’s foot!
So, there you have it – a list of shower etiquette rules that everyone should follow.
By following these simple rules, you can make sure that everyone has a pleasant showering experience.
Do you have any other shower etiquette tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!
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