‘Chair hogging’ is a top violation of pool and beach etiquette, according to TripAdvisor Survey

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Have you ever gotten up early at a hotel or resort, gone down by the pool or beach and plopped your belongings on a couple of the limited number of lounge chairs to guarantee your spot for later in the day. Well, you’ve just violated the unwritten rules of pool and beach etiquette, according to a survey of more than 1,400 users of TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. In fact, you have crossed the line into the rude category.

Violations of pool and beach etiquette are on the rise, according to the survey: 83 percent of respondents said they believe people often violate some form of beach or pool etiquette, up from 74 percent in 2011. Thirty-one percent have asked a stranger to stop behaving rudely at the beach or pool, up from 26 percent last year. Here are the details of the survey results from TripAdvsior:

Most Annoying Abuses of Beach and Pool Etiquette:

Top Beach Violations Top Pool Violations
1.      Blasting loud music (18%) 1.      Pool chair hogging (29%)
2.      People not picking up after their dogs (11%) 2.      Blasting loud music (11%)
3.       Beach chair hogging (9%) 3.      Smoking (10%)

 “Reserving” Chairs: an Unwelcome Practice

  • 84 percent get agitated when others save beach or pool chairs by leaving belongings on them.
  • 37 percent maintain there should be a 30-minute limit on seating being saved, while a further 30 percent will tolerate up to one hour – and just 14 percent think chair hogging for any longer than that is acceptable.
  • 19 percent maintain that saving chairs should not be allowed for any time period.

 Personal Space on the Sand

  • The closest acceptable distance to sit next to another stranger at a crowded beach is three feet, according to 27 percent – while a further 26 percent set a boundary of six feet, and 15 percent say four feet meets their comfort levels.
  • On non-crowded sands, 34 percent consider 20 feet to be the closest acceptable distance to sit next to a fellow beach-goer, while 24 percent say seven to ten feet is appropriate, and 18 percent say 11 to 14 feet.

Top Restricted Beach and Pool Zones Travelers Wish for:

Designated Beach Areas Designated Pool Areas
1.      Pet-free areas (55%) 1.      Child-free areas (68%)
2.      Child-free areas (47%) 2.      Mobile device-free areas (29%)
3.      Clothing-optional areas (29%) 3.      Clothing-optional areas (15%)

Travelers Oppose Waterside Smoking and Shower-Skipping

  • 89 percent think smoking at the pool should be prohibited.
  • 69 percent think that smoking at the beach should not be allowed.
  • 35 percent consider it a breach of etiquette not to rinse off before entering the pool – although 80 percent confess to not always doing so.

“Poor form at the beach and pool can cast a dark cloud over an otherwise sunny experience,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “As Americans flock waterside with temperatures on the rise, it’s important to have respect for our fellow bathers and remember when it comes to fun in the sun, we’re all in it together.”

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor

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