Enjoying time at the public swimming pool, be that to get your exercise in, as part of a resort experience abroad, or simply to make use of the good weather, can be an enjoyable and unique activity to take part in. But the truth his that like when sharing anything with members of the public, taking special steps to protect ourselves and to teach our children good habits is important.
Of course, certain etiquette is required when sharing space with others. Dive-bombing or causing too much of a stir can be a nuisance for other people, and so treating others as you would like to be treated is a golden habit to hit. The truth is, however, that it’s also important to protect your health when in such close proximity to others, and to keep up with a few important general practices to keep you and your family safe at all times.
With that in mind, we would warmly recommend the following advice:
Keep Your Mouth Closed
Keep your mouth closed. Of course, don’t make this a neurotic form of behavior that prevents you from ever breathing, but it can be worthwhile to keep in mind that public swimming pool water in your mouth is not always the healthiest. Additionally, goggles can help you keep said water out of your eyes. The pools are often filled with bacteria-killing chemicals, which is why public pools often have that signature chlorine smell, but it does help to not get too intimate with said water as you can never be certain just how hygienic it is. This is also good practice to train your children with, provided they’re also never stopped from breathing as they need to.
Care For Your Feet
Reading the fungal nail infection causes should show that public swimming pools can be a breeding ground for bacteria, as exposure takes place all the time. This doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to catch something, nor that this happens often at all, but it can be important to research how to resolve and care for certain issues instead of being left unprepared when they happen. Additionally, washing and caring for your feet, as well as ensuring socks and shoes are cleaned regularly is always a good idea after the swimming session is complete.
Always, Always Shower
Always make sure that you shower before and after entering or exiting the pool. Most facilities will have this just outside of the pool area, but the showers may also be located in the changing rooms. Showering when entering can help you avoid bringing bacteria into the pool, while showering afterwards can help you remove the chemicals that have clung to your body since. It’s simple good practice, and the more people do this, the more hygienic the environment becomes.
With this advice, we hope you can practice the best self-care at the swimming pool, no matter what.