So you’re headed off to high school in the fall. Congrats! You’re finally going to have your first taste of freedom. Or are you?
There are a lot of things you may not have considered about high school, and one of them is the pool. Or, at least, how long the pool is. Believe it or not, there is a different answer for every high school.
The Typical Pool Length
Let’s start with the most basic, and possibly the most important one. Just how long is the pool? Well, in most cases, it’s likely to be seasonally adjusted and lengthened compared to what you’d find in an adult pool. That means that if it was 90 centimeters when you were a child, it might only be 84 centimeters when you’re a teenager.
For reference, the average person is about 1.65 meters, or 5’4″, and the World Health Organization considers a pool that short to be inauspicious. So if you’re shorter than that, you may not be able to fully enjoy the experience. Or, at least, not without risking your health. This also means that while you’re growing up, you may not realize that the water is getting cooler and warmer as you get closer to the pool’s edge. Which, let’s be honest, you aren’t going to be paying much attention to. You aren’t exactly looking forward to getting wet, especially now that you’re a whole lot more mature than the average kid.
The Shorter The Pool, The More Tricky It Gets
While it may not be a concern at first, having a relatively short pool can start to pose problems once you reach a certain height. If you’re a bit taller than 5’4″, you may find it difficult to move around in the water without feeling wobbly. Especially since not all pools are made equal. Some of them are very deep, and it’s hard to find a good balance without feeling insecure when you dive in. Especially since the first thing your instincts may tell you is to look out for adults, and not other kids. If you’re very tall, you may find that the deeper the pool, the more stable you feel. But in most cases, a good rule of thumb is that the deeper the pool, the slower you swim. Which, again, might not be the most fun part of the whole experience for you. Especially if you’re not used to being in the water.
The Longer The Pool, The More Luxury It Appear
If you’re fortunate enough to have a really long pool, there are some serious perks to being able to swim for such a long period of time. You’re bound to have a good experience no matter what the weather is like, and there are always plenty of places to sit or lounge around if you happen to get wet. Which, let’s be honest, is how you want your life to be. Spenching around in a pool all day, every day may not be the most rewarding use of your time, but at least it feels good.
It’s common for really long pools to be constructed in resort settings, and the amount of space they provide is practically unrivaled by any other type of swimming pool. If you’re looking for a place to relax and get some peace and quiet, it’s hard to find a better option. Especially since you’ll mostly likely be alone in the area. Unless, of course, you count the occasional friendly swimmer. Which, let’s be honest, you don’t.
What About Location?
Depending on where you go to school, there may be certain pools that are off-limits to you. Especially if you are a female. So it pays to do some research before you head off to your first day of high school. It’s not like there’s anything wrong with the water, but sometimes it just isn’t meant for students to be in. Especially since you’re going to be walking or biking to and from school, there’s no guarantee you’ll make it to the pool in time for lesson.
If you happen to be a freshman going into Maine East High School, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that the main pool is open to you. Although there are some limitations (no diving, no entering from the back, etc.), there is no reason why you can’t have a good time in the water. Especially since you’re going to be wearing lifeguard equipment, just in case.
Whether it’s the size of your family or the size of your social circle, being a high schooler comes with its perks and its challenges. One of the biggest perks is the pool. Or, at least, how long it is. So much depends on where you go to school and what options they have for pools. Sometimes, you may not even have a choice. But, for the most part, it’s something to look forward to. Especially since you’re no longer a child. Still, it’s important to be realistic about the situation and to consider all the aspects that make up the whole experience. After all, no one is perfect, and life is made up of compromises.
If you want to have a good time and avoid any mishaps, the best advice is to adopt a smart strategy. Research the pools available at your school and familiarize yourself with the rules. If it’s a longer pool, make sure you are physically prepared for the experience. Don’t worry about being perfect, focus on having fun. And, most importantly, make sure you’re having fun in the right way.