Indoors or Outdoors?
Most apartment swimming pools are outdoors, which means that they will close when the summer comes to a wrap. If you want to swim year round, you may need to look for upscale apartment communities that offer indoor lap pools.
Size Up the Pool
The size of the pool will help you determine what activities you can enjoy in the water. Some pools are designed for use by the whole family, so they may include a larger shallow end and a diving board or slide in the deep end. Other pools are designed for swimming laps as a form of exercise, and still other pools are so small that they are used primarily for quick dips to cool off.
You should also consider the space surrounding the pool. Are there a lot of lounge chairs, tables and canopies for shade? Does the apartment provide lifeguards, or are you responsible for your own safety? Will you have to watch your children on the concrete, or are there grassy areas where kids can play?
Learn the Rules
You may have a swimming pool in your backyard or across the parking lot, but that doesn't mean that you're allowed to invite your friends over for a swim. It also doesn't mean that you're permitted to bring large floats, tubes or water noodles into the water. Some apartment communities may also enforce safety rules, such as no diving from the walls of the pool or no running within the pool area.
Apartment swimming pools are only pleasant places when all residents abide by the rules, so take the time to ask what is expected of you. If the community rules are going to conflict with your lifestyle, it's best to discover that before you sign the lease.