The importance of swimming hygiene
Swimming hygiene is important for everyone’s health and safety, and there are many easy ways we can help ensure safer swimming for everyone through hygienic practices!
Did you know? Chlorine works to keep chlorinated pools clean by killing off bacteria, viruses and any microscopic organisms floating around, whilst saltwater pools are typically kept clean through filtering systems. Despite the great result these methods offer to pool cleanliness, and to reduce the risk of external contaminants and safety risks, it is important to follow some basic steps to support a hygienic swimming experience for all pool users.
Be sure to follow these steps when you think about going for a swim:
- Do not swim if you have been feeling unwell or have experienced diarrhea in the past 2 weeks.
- It is recommended to shower before you swim, not just afterwards, to maximise the effectiveness of chlorine on disinfecting the pool, rather than yourself. Showering before swimming can also prevent your skin from soaking up as much chlorine.
- Avoid swimming if you have an open cut or wound, especially if you’re recovering from surgery or piercing. If you do swim, be sure to use a waterproof bandage to seal this from exposure to the water.
- Remember to go to the toilet before you swim, to avoid unwanted accidents in the pool. Take children for regular toilet breaks as needed.
- Avoid swallowing any pool water.
- Opt for swim nappies, regularly check these and be sure to change diapers away from the water, using the designated bathroom facilities.
By doing our part in taking these simple actions, everyone can enjoy swimming with less risk of swimming-related illnesses and effects.