What are Some Regulations for Commercial Pools?

no running sign as part of regulations for commercial pool areasPools are a major value-add for any business or organization—gyms, country clubs, hotels—some people refuse to join a gym or other membership-based organization that does not have a pool. And for good reason! Pools are a great place to cool off on a hot day, get some exercise, or relax and socialize with friends.

But if you think that the only responsibility that comes with pools is the maintenance, you’re in for a bit of a wake-up call. But don’t worry, that’s exactly why we’ve written this blog! To keep everyone safe and healthy, there are several regulations for commercial pools that must be followed, and we’ve listed the majority of them here. 

Take a look at some of the most important rules for commercial pools:

  1. The pool must be designed and built according to code.

There are many different codes and standards that pools must meet, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Swimming Pool Institute (NSPI), and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). A qualified pool contractor will be familiar with all of the applicable codes and standards and can ensure that your pool meets all of the requirements.

  1. The pool must have a qualified lifeguard on duty at all times or have clear signage that states “WARNING – NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY” and “RISK OF DROWNING – SUPERVISE CHILDREN CLOSELY.”

This is probably one of the most important regulations for commercial pools. No matter how well-designed and constructed your pool is, there’s always a risk of drowning. Patrons have to be aware of the risks and take precautions, and they’ll do so based on the information you give them.

  1. The pool must have certain safety features, such as a fence or barrier around the perimeter of the pool, to prevent unauthorized access. You’re also required to have specific equipment on hand at the pool, such as:
  •  Secchi Disk
  •  Rescue Pole
  •  Shepherds Crook
  •  Ring Buoy
  •  Throw Line
  •  Depth Markers
  •  Rope & Float Line
  1. The pool must be maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and local health department regulations. This includes regular testing and recording of the following parameters:
  •  pH
  •  Alkalinity
  •  Calcium Hardness
  •  Chlorine

You’ll also need to maintain a log book detailing all of the maintenance that’s been done on the pool, as part of the regulations for commercial pools.

  1. The pool area must be clean and well-maintained at all times. This includes regularly cleaning the deck, removing debris from the water, and skimming the surface of the water.
  2. There must be a clearly designated area for swimmers to shower before entering the pool.  This helps to keep the pool water clean and prevents the spread of disease.
  3. There must also be a phone within close range of the pool so that emergency services can be contacted quickly, if necessary.
  4. Near water 5 feet or less in depth, there must be a sign stating “No diving” along with the international sign for “No diving” (you know, the little figure who’s pulling off the perfect dive).
  5. Depending on whether you have a spa or other features, like a slide, these regulations may change, but you should have the following rules posted in a common area. They’re best practices for keeping the pool safe and clean.
  • Shower before entering the water
  • Children shall not use pool without an adult in attendance
  • Adults should not swim alone
  • All children three years old and younger, and any child not potty-trained, must wear snug fitting plastic pants or a water-resistant swim diaper
  • Do not swim if the suction outlets are missing, broken, or not clearly visible from the deck
  • No glass articles allowed in or around pool
  • Do not swallow the pool water
  • Do not dive unless diving area is clear of other bathers
  • Do not swim if you have had diarrhea within the past two weeks
  • No animals are allowed in the pool or pool enclosure. However, service animals are allowed on deck

You probably never realized how much care and planning goes into the hotel pool at your favorite vacation spot, but considering the risks, it makes sense. These regulations for commercial pools are in place to keep both the swimmers and the pool itself safe and healthy. So, the next time you’re lounging by the pool, remember that someone had to do a lot of work to make sure it was up to code!

Avoid Long Hours Poring Over the Rules When You Partner with Hilltop Pools and Spas

The pool and spa at your business or organization can be both beautiful and functional. You tell us what you want and how you want it, and we’ll take care of the rest. From design to construction, we’ve got you covered. Let us worry about the regulations so that you can focus on providing a great experience for your customers or members. Contact Hilltop Pools and Spas today to get a detailed quote!


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We would consider it a privilege to design and construct your project and have you as a member of our “Hilltop Family.”