Design and place pool signage carefully

By Ben Basch January 14, 2014


Design and place pool signage carefully

Design and place pool signage carefully

Commercial pool management services know all about pool design, from the tile colors to the shape of the basin and more. However, one important aspect that’s essential to safety and may be overlooked is pool signage.

Everyone has stepped into a store with too many or too few signs. You’re either bombarded with information that you don’t have time to read or you’re looking for more details. This same mentality applies in commercial pools, where important information must be conveyed in as few words and little time as possible.

Keep it short
Whether you have pool signage in your facility highlighting the importance of showering before entering the pool or why there’s no diving allowed, the information should be short and easily understood. Swimmers are looking for high-energy fun and most won’t want to read lengthy paragraphs. Keep the language short and clear so that swimmers get only the information they need in the time that they want.

Make it noticeable
If your facility has white walls, look for pool signage with a different colored backgrounds that will capture attention right away. Recreation Management magazine pointed out that signs are one of the most important safety precautions in a commercial pool. Signs let swimmers know what they can and cannot do. Additionally, signs should let swimmers know why they can’t do something by conveying the consequences.

Decide on numbers
You’ll want to assess how many signs your facility should feature, depending on the size. Don’t clutter the walls with too many signs if they’re not necessary. However, if it’s a larger space, having more than one of each sign in different areas can ensure that swimmers are aware of the most important rules no matter where they are.

Address every precaution
Signs are only one of many safety factors that commercial pool managers have to be mindful of. You should also address lifeguard availability, pool maintenance, lock-up procedures after hours and more. Always having lifeguards on duty will ensure that swimmers are being supervised. Proper maintenance and pool compliance will keep guests safe from the potential hazards of pool equipment. Meanwhile, locking up the facility securely will prevent unsupervised use of the facility, which can be dangerous. Bear in mind that if a facility is visited after hours, good pool signage can be an important feature that can help keep trespassers safe.