Field Guide
July 31, 2017

From pee to PDA to all the bees on earth, an actual map of your public pool

By Jeff Vrabel Illustrations by Rami Niemi
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It doesn’t matter if you’re at the pool in your city, neighborhood, hotel or vacation rental you snuck into because the gate was open — danger floats in every end. Well, sometimes it lurks at the bottom. But it mostly floats. Danger usually floats.

SHALLOW END / FLOATING UNSUPERVISED DAY CARE

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1. Entire region: 80-85% human urine

2. 10-year-old absolute stranger unloading squirtgun in your face

3. Kid whose parents are clearly checked out on the deck so he’s apparently adopted you as your dad and believes you’ve agreed to a game of Marco Polo

DEEP END / ADULT REGION

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4. Couple basically having sex in the corner

5. 23-year-old beSpeedo’ed athlete who’s apparently here to get some lap swimming in

6. Kids landing cannonballs two feet from your head

DECK / TATTOO FARM

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7. Bruh with Bluetooth speaker blasting the latest Kid Rock hits from 2003?????

8. Chattering teens (group of 60)

9. Mom layering children in 2”-thick sunscreen coating

10. Guy in laptop? Working? For some reason? Dude it’s a pool

CONCESSION STAND / SUGAR DISPENSARY

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11. ALL OF THE BEES ON EARTH

12. Ominpresent not-entirely-unpleasant hot dog odor

13. Skilled, motivated staff of 12-year-olds

BABY POOL / ONLY RELAXING PLACE AROUND HERE

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14. Kid clearly pooping in swim diaper

15. Tween who’s like eight years too old to even be in here

LIFEGUARD STAND

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16. Counting seconds until Adult Swim


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