Follow these steps for healthy swimming
Swimming is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. This physical activity has plenty of benefits from improving muscular strength and reducing obesity to relieving back pains and reducing stress levels.
However, to protect yourself and other swimmers from potential injuries and germs there are a several easy steps to follow when going to a public pool.
Before you get in the pool
You must pay attention to the maintenance of the pool, a well maintained one is less likely to spread germs. When in comes to injury risks these are lower in the case of the pool that have trained staff and adequate safety equipment.
Before getting in the pool, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises to use the following checklist.
- Check the pool’s latest inspection results.
- Make sure the drain at the bottom of the deep end is visible.
- Check that the drain covers at the bottom appear to be secured and in good repair.
- Use pool test strips to make sure the water’s pH and free chlorine or bromine concentration are correct.
pH 7.2–7.8 free chlorine concentration of at least 3 ppm in hot tubs/spas and at least 1 ppm in other places with treated water
free bromine concentration of at least 4 ppm in hot tubs/spas and at least 3 ppm in other places with treated water
- Check for a lifeguard:
- If on duty, a lifeguard should be focused on the swimmers and not distracted.
- If no lifeguard is on duty, a “No Lifeguard on Duty” sign should be posted.
- If no lifeguard on duty, check to see where safety equipment, such as a rescue ring or pole, is available.
- Make sure no chemicals are out in the open.
Besides following these points you must also take into account your state of health before entering a pool. You should stay out of water if you have diarrhea or an open wound that is not covered with a waterproof bandage.Personal hygiene is also very important. You must always shower before getting in the water. After swimming shower carefuly.
If you are going to an open pool you and your family must protect against sunburns by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
When you are in the pool
There are several indications offered by the CDC to take into consideration when you are in the pool. Following these easy steps will ensure a good and healthy swimming session.
-Don’t pee or poop in the water.
-Don’t swallow the water.
-Keep an eye on children at all times, kids can drown in seconds and in silence.
-Take kids on bathroom breaks.
-Check diapers, and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area–not poolside–to keep germs away from the pool.
-Drink plenty of fluids.
-Dry ears thoroughly with a towel after swimming.