Love that feeling of weightlessness as you float in the water? Or is it the adrenaline rush you get from being able to do fifty laps in the pool without stopping that excites you? Whatever it is, if you answered yes to either or both of the questions above, then you are a water baby just like us! After all, summer is almost upon us. There is nothing quite like a rejuvenating dip in the pool on a hot summery day. Those of you who are fortunate enough to live near the seaside, a lake or a clean river where you can go and plunge directly into the heart of nature-cherish those moments. The rest of us have to make do with public swimming pools-which are not a bad option but don’t retain the charm of oceans or lakes.
Now, you may think that you are swimming in a controlled environment where safety parameters have been enforced (what are lifeguards for?) and are regularly monitored. However, according to Willsha Pools who provide specialist pool decking you will be surprised to learn the number of security violations that took place at public swimming pools areas.
We all are aware of this chemical present in swimming pools. It has a particular smell that can cause allergic reactions among swimmers such as red eyes and has been linked to cancer as well. Chlorine has the power to kill bacteria and germs, stops algae and manages any organic waste generated from swimmers’ body oils and sweat. However, given its disadvantages, it is imperative that you perform the following steps if using a public swimming pool.
- Protect your eyes whilst swimming and underwater to protect them from any potential redness. The best thing you can do is to invest in a pair of water goggles and make them your new best friend in the pool.
- Remain hydrated by drinking plenty of regular water that has been filtered and does not contain any form of chlorine.
- Try to indulge in this activity within a swimming pool that is located outside.
- Change your bathing suit the minute you get out of the swimming pool and take an immediate shower. Why must you do that? Simple, really. As we go about our normal days, we tend to use makeup, perfume, lotion, sunscreen and shampoo. Our bodies contain residue of all these products. If they interact with the chemicals utilized to disinfect pools, it can become detrimental to our health.
If you are about to take an impulsive dive into the public pool, you may want to just take a quick look and check the level of water transparency. If you cannot see the bottom, do not swim in it. We repeat, do not swim in it. If you do, you could put yourself at risk for illnesses that could be contagious. There could be algae near the surface of the swimming pool. It is a slimy substance that you must stay far away from. What you can do is take a stick and stir it into the swimming pool’s surface, if it doesn’t show anything strange, and has clear water-go jump in and have fun!
If your community swimming pool is overflowing with people, you may want to think about either visiting a less crowded one or taking a beach holiday. Pools that have too many people within its premises will be the breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and other forms of viruses. High volumes of chlorine and other disinfectants may be ineffective in eradicating the pool of such issues.
After you are done with your swimming, there is a bit of pool water usually left over in your ear. It could lead to the formation of an infection known as “Swimmer’s Ear” or otisis externa infection. This illness can have an adverse impact on your ability to hear and will cause both irritation and pain. The signs include but are not limited to your ear swelling up, redness, pain if pressure is placed on your ear, and any kind of ringing that you think you hear. To prevent such unpleasant situations, you may want to consider the following:
- Wear a swim cap whilst swimming and put in tiny ear plugs to keep your ears as dry as possible
- Turn your head right and left after a swim to let any remaining water out
- Dry your ears properly with the help of a towel
- Use a hair dryer to heat up any water. Use the dryer at the lowest temperature and fan speed.
- Don’t utilize any cotton swabs or ear sticks.
Chlorine tends to irritate the eye and could lead to conjunctivitis. Depending on the kind of conjunctivitis you have, it could blur your sight or cause pain and redness in your eye. If you feel that your eyes are bothering you, do not wait and go to your doctor at once.
Digestive System Infections
The implementation of filtering systems across sundry pools is a common practice in the field of swimming pools. Mixed water flowing in from different swimming entities increases the risk of infection spread across pools present in its ecosystem. Diarrhoea microbes can journey through the pool’s filtration network and create a higher probability of sickness. To avoid this, you must shower before and after using the pool and do not swallow any water. Also, if you do not trust the pool’s level of hygiene, just don’t go in.
As stated earlier, you must change your bathing suit the minute you step out and take a shower. Take a few minutes and give yourself a good dry rubdown. Make sure you have a pair of special slippers to walk to and fro from the dressing room in your pool vicinity and you must not enter the pool in any shoes that you wore on the street or road. Do not let your toddler swim in the pool as his or her’s immune system is still being developed and isn’t as strong as you would like it to be.