Pools are meant to be enjoyed, so take these simple steps to ensure the safety and security of both yourself and your Gests:
Water Safety Guidelines for Hosts
- Pool maintenance & cleaning chemicals - It is important to keep your pool clear and free of debris. When used properly, chlorine kills waterborne bacteria and parasites in a way that’s harmless to humans. Remember to keep all pool chemicals locked up and away from the pool area when not in use.
- First aid kit - Hosts should have first aid kits available next to the pool area, and notify Guests on how to access the first aid kit in the event of an emergency. A poolside kit should also contain a first aid blanket for anyone retrieved from the water after nearly drowning, as they will likely be in shock. Other recommended items to have next to the pool area include portable telephones, US Coast Guard approved life jackets, throwable life preservers (ring buoys), reaching poles, a shepherds hook and scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover if needed.
- Ensure that the pool address is posted in the pool area in case of an emergency as the Guest will need to be able to give the address to First Responders.
- Ask Guests to always supervise children and remain in arm’s reach. Ask Guests to designate an undistracted adult (a Water Guardian) to always watch children while in and around the pool. You can order Water Guardian badges for your Guests from our water safety partners at Colin’s Hope.
- Signage - Post signage that clearly communicates pool safety rules, areas for Guests to avoid, or other instructions to keep Guests aware and safe. Here's examples of Safety Signs & Equipment to have at your pool.
- The pool area should be secured with a fence that has a self closing, self latching and locking gate. These gates should never be left propped open.
- Please ask Guests to remove all toys from the pool when they are finished. Toys can draw young children to the pool.
- All pool drains should be VGB compliant and checked regularly to ensure the covers are intact and not broken, cracked or missing screws. A faulty drain cover can result in a person becoming entrapped on the drain.
Water Safety Guidelines for Guests
Guests are expected to follow your Pool rules during a Swimply reservation. Click here to see our full description of Pool Safety Guidelines for Guests.