Healthy swimmers = happy swimmers

It’s that time of year again! The pools are open and the line for the diving board is long. Kids and adults alike are eager to jump in to their pools and let off a little steam.

Did you know that swimming is one of the most popular physical activities in the United States? In this heat, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Swimming is a great way to relax, stay active, and socialize! But before you jump in, there are a few things you should consider so that you can swim healthy, and stay healthy.

  1. Do not swim if you have diarrhea. I know folks. This one is kind of gross, but it had to be said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it only takes one person to contaminate the whole pool. One incident can release millions of nasty germs that can make other swimmers sick.

  2. Don’t swallow the pool water. After the first tip, I think it’s pretty clear why you shouldn’t swallow the pool water – especially when swimming in a public pool. When ingested, pool water (which contains other people’s germs and chlorine) can cause sickness.

  3. Take your little ones to the bathroom once an hour. Again, this tip may seem pretty obvious but it had to be said. Parenting can be hectic, but remembering to take your kids to the bathroom is one of the most important rules of public pool etiquette. Even when we tell kids the pool will turn their urine blue, some kids still pee in the pool. Little heathens! Because of this, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you stop by the bathroom periodically.

  4. Shower BEFORE swimming. Although the pool is a body of water, I promise you, it’s not a bath. By showering before you enter the pool, you are cleaning your body of the germs that it has collected throughout the day, while also protecting other swimmers from those same germs. In some cases, sharing is caring. When it comes to swimming and germs? Not so much.

If you follow these tips, you can spend your time at the pool happily and healthily!

If you’d like more tips on healthy and safe swimming, don’t hesitate to call our office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday; 8AM-4PM) at 304-265-1288. You can also contact us by visiting our website at WWW.GTCHDWV.ORG. Our Registered Sanitarian, Jeff Kiger, would be more than happy to tell you the ins-and-outs of maintaining a clean swimming environment. Happy swimming!

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