I used to be a very big swimmer. I took a lifeguard course and used to swim regularly, but over the last year, maybe 2, I stopped going to public pools. Instead I usually swim in the ocean, but i cant do that all the time because of where i live, so i was going to start going back to the pool, but I've found that I'm terrified because i completly forgotten how to act in a published pool. I know this seems ridiculous, and it's not body issues, i mean, i am self conscious but that doesn't affect me when i swim because i wear shorts over my costume, it's more like, I'm scared i wont know what to do or where to go when i go back to the pool? If that makes any sense, would anybody be able to help me or give me advice, or even tell me what to do when i go? That would be brill, thanks!
There really is no 'proper' way to act at a public pool. I mean general rules like no running, no diving in shallow areas, no peeing in the pool apply but other that that just be free to swim how you please. It's really no different that swimming in the ocean other than there's no fish and no tide. If it makes you feel more comfortable you could bring a friend with you at first. If this is not an option then watch the way people act. Watching people is very educational. (Just don't be creepy about it) Best wishes :)