If you plan to rent a hotel room at a hotel that has a pool and you have children, you'll definitely want to pack their bathing suits. From the minute you check in, your kids may be asking when they can go swimming. Although you don't want to stifle their excitement, especially if you're staying at the hotel as part of a fun vacation, you do need to ensure that they behave appropriately in and around the pool. While you can go over the basic rules, which typically include no diving, running on the pool deck, and more, there are some other things to talk to your children about before they hit the water. Here are three rules to share with them.
Keep Your Voices Down
When kids are swimming, it seems easy for them to raise their voices. This means that they'll often be calling out to each other in loud tones, while also frequently calling to you to watch what they're doing. A little youthful exuberance from time to time won't hurt anyone, but you want to remind your kids that they should keep their voices to an appropriate level. This is especially true if your hotel has an indoor swimming pool, as voices inside this enclosed area can echo and be extremely loud, which may be bothersome for other swimmers or people relaxing around the pool.
Look Before You Splash
Even if they're not necessarily jumping into the hotel pool, kids will frequently splash when they're having fun in the water. Your young children should be mindful of other swimmers who might also be enjoying the water. For example, some adults might be swimming but wearing glasses or endeavoring to keep their hair dry. In this scenario, your children splashing mightily could cause problems. Teach your kids to look before they splash; if they're in the pool alone, splashing is fine. But, when others arrive, it's time to curtail this behavior.
Think About Hygiene
Many children will involuntarily take water into their mouths while they're swimming or playing in the hotel pool, which will lead to coughing and spitting. Try to remind them to keep their mouths closed as much as possible, and explain that other swimmers are likely turned off by the idea of people spitting into the water. Similarly, if a child needs to blow his or her nose, your child should know to get out of the water and use a tissue, rather than do it in the pool.