The information below has been developed to bused as a guide for basic recommendations for safe pool usage, and is not a substitute for good judgment, common sense, responsible pool ownership and constant adult supervision whenever a pool is in use. 


  1. All users should be familiar with the rules for safe use of the pool before they enter the pool area. This includes family and guests!
  2. The pool gate should remain locked when the pool is not under adult supervision. 
  3. Use the buddy system. No one should swim alone.
  4. No child should ever be allowed in the pool area or pool without constant adult supervision. 
  5. A person who appears intoxicated or under the influence of a substance of any kind should not be permitted to swim. 
  6. Make no assumptions. When you have guests over, always ask, "Do you know how to swim?"
  7. No running or horseplay of any kind should be allowed in or near the pool area. 
  8. Prior to entrance, survey pool and pool area for any potential hazards. 
  9. All drains in the pool should be properly covered. No one should play with or near a drain cover or drain. If any drain cover is broken or missing, close the pool and contact service. 
  10. Make sure the pool and pool area are well lit when used after dusk. 
  11. Always enter the pool feet first. A pool that is not equipped with a diving board is designated as a NON-diving pool, and no one should make a head first entry (diving or otherwise) into that type of pool. 
    If your pool is equipped with a diving board, you and everyone who uses it should be familiar with all instructions for safe use provided by the equipment manufacturer. 
  12. No one should climb on or jump off of rock boulders, waterfalls or any other structure not intended for entrance into a pool. 
  13. No one should stand or play on a pool cover. 
  14. If your pool changes depth, the transition or safety rope should remain in place as a warning to swimmers of a change in the slope towards the deeper end. 
  15. Keep emergency phone numbers posted and a phone available in the pool area. 
  16. Always keep a safety equipment near the pool, including a flotation device and something you could reach out to someone with from the pool deck (i.e. a pole). 
  17. Always keep a First Aid kit in the pool area. 
  18. Keep any pool chemicals safely stored in accordance with manufacturer instructions and where they cannot be accessed by children. 
  19. There should be no electrical devices in the pool area unless they are protected by a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). 
  20. Keep your pool properly maintained in order to maintain a sanitary area. 

Additional Information

In your Presidential Pools Ownership Package, the following resources are available:

  1. The Sensible Way to Enjoy Your In-ground Pool
  2. Children Aren't Waterproof
  3. Layers of Protection
  4. POOL SAFELY: Drowning is Preventable
  5. Arizona Department of Health Residential Pool Safety Notice. 

Additional information is available from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission at