Tuesday, July 2, 2013

F.S. ~ Waterfront Etiquette

This weather is just begging for us to go to the pool, beach, lake -- anywhere waterfront! Like every other aspect of life, there are things that make our time there more enjoyable. Here are just a few...
  • Playing music at the beach or pool can be nice, but be sure that you keep it low enough so as not to disturb those around you.
  • Especially when coming from the beach, be sure to rinse off any dirt or sand before getting in to the pool. 
  • Respect the lifeguards. Don't bother them or distract them from their job. 
  • Dress modestly and appropriately for those around you.
  • Be sure to clean up your area when you are ready to go in for the day.
  • Many people this time of year are training for triathlons or other swimming events. Be courteous of lap swimmers in the pool. They are zoned in to their workout and a disturbance can be very disruptive. 
  • Be courteous of those around you -- be careful not to sling water or sand on your neighbors. 
  • At the beach, take the colored flags seriously. Use appropriate caution when the purple, orange, or red flags are flying. The coast guards are not trying to ruin your day at the beach...in fact, quite the opposite. They would much rather you have to spend the day in the village or at the pool or sitting on the sand, than being swept away by the current or eaten alive by a jellyfish! 
  • It's easy to get caught up in our own agendas when we are at the beach, pool, or lake. Just remember to consider others and their preferences. This is especially true at the lake when half of those in the boat want to tube and the other half would prefer to ski. Defer to the boat driver to make the ultimate decision, and remember that most likely you will have fun doing either. 
  • At the pool, beach, or lake (just like everywhere else), you are a witness for Christ!
Happy Swimming!

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