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How To Keep Nonresidents Out of The Swimming Pool at Your Property

An Apartment/Hotel Pool Under Seige

Personally, I don’t get it. I can’t imagine entering a community or hotel property that I wasn’t staying at or living at and nonchalantly climbing into their swimming pool. These folks must have balls the size of boulders. To plop down a towel and a bottle of Coppertone and then update my facebook status as my kids swim about like I’m not doing anything wrong. Unbelievable!

This is a huge problem nationwide and it costs you money. A pool at a hotel or apartment complex is a semi-public pool, not a public pool, meaning that it is only for your residents or your guests. These neighborhood nuisances actually increase your chemical and maintenance costs by increasing the bather load in your pool. It’s simple math, the more people that use a pool, the more it costs to maintain it. Then, and more importantly, they rob your actual residents of the atmosphere that they were promised and had paid for. Even if the intruder is not rambunctious, your residents and/or guests did not sign a lease so they could sit alongside people who snuck in when they try to enjoy the pool.

We asked a group of 100 people (a combination of Hotel Managers, Community Association Managers, Chief Engineers, & Maintenance Techs) for the best methods of keeping nonresidents from invading swimming pools at their properties.

Here are the TOP 10 (plus one honorable mention) suggestions:

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Rudy Stankowitz is a 30-year veteran of the swimming pool industry and President/CEO of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Luna S

    A lot of people like to take advantage of things like this which makes it a bummer for those who live in the complexes. Great list of tips.

  2. Nia DeLaTorre

    I remember going over to my aunt’s place to use the pool with her, but I could never imagine breaking in!

  3. Florid Forest

    Using a card-swipe system seems like the most logical idea! Alligators would surely keep me out though, even if I was a resident..

  4. Stephanie Stebbins

    A card swipe is genius! I know so many people that try to take advantage of pools!

  5. Hackytips

    People should understand on their own and shouldn’t irritate others. Great ideas to keep them away.

  6. Arun Dahiya

    Seriously, some people don’t care about rules and behave like they owe everything. Wrist band or passes are good idea.

  7. Vaishali

    It is so annoying when people do not respect the signs. Great tips!

  8. Hoang Vi Fessenden

    Lol, wait you have people of the public coming to your private pool? Or do you mean the community neighborhood pool?

  9. Maysz

    Some people take advantage of things that they don’t own I agree with this! A card swipe is a great idea for me! nice tips from you!

  10. The Frugal Samurai

    Yeah great post here, we have a pool in the apartment complex and there’s always non-residents using the pools, hard to police yknow!

  11. Dalene Ekirapa

    Now that’s so bad! People tresspassing to your pool? Ooops! I would seriously enforce those tough measures you’ve mentioned like the pass system. And even have people on patrol.

  12. Blairvillanueva

    Yeah having a pool is costly when it was being used by many. In our condo, sometimes it needs reservation to use the pool.

  13. Derrick Todd

    When I was younger, I was in a fender. I’ll admit it. I used to go to Myrtle Beach and if the hotel I was staying at didn’t have a bull I would go to one that did. not being a guest at the hotel that had the pool.
    Now that I’m older, and especially now that I own a pool company and see the chemical usage. I no longer do those kind of shenanigans. I even had one lady as I was in touring one of my commercial properties asked me if she could have a key out of the lock box. what balls. I didn’t know if she was a resident but she was in the pool when I got there so somebody letter in. Of course my answer was to talk to the HOA. Fortunately however. With my commercial pools I’ve had very few incidents that I know of. I don’t know how to keep non-members out of an area. Signs won’t work, locks won’t work, if somebody is determined. But I still think you should have both in place.

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