Oh, it feels good to be back in the water! Training camps, traveling, competitions, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Swimming is what I love, and I’m thankful that I get to do it for a living.
When you spend as much time in a pool as I do, you quickly realize how the chemicals in the water affect you. As a lifelong swimmer, I know first-hand about the importance of healthy water—and the negative impact of unbalanced water on your hair, skin, and even your swimming performance.
When it comes to pools, I’ve found that water with too many chemicals is probably more common than water with too little. That creates its own kind of dangerous swim conditions. You can talk about alkalinity, acidity, or whatever all day. To a swimmer, though, what matters is how you feel.
When I’m in a pool with too much chlorine, my hair and skin feel dry and brittle, but there are also way scarier symptoms of inhaling too much chlorine. It can make you feel nauseous, cause chest pains or interfere with your breathing. And that can really get in the way of my swimming performance.
What Can You Do?
Rinse: Whether or not you have full control over the environment you swim in, it’s always a good idea to rinse off before and after you use the pool. Before, because it reduces the amount of body oils and debris you bring into the pool with you. I also like to thoroughly drench my hair, because it slows down my hair’s absorption of chlorine. We also rinse after swimming because it washes away the chemicals used to keep the water safe.
Tell the person in charge: If you’re experiencing any type of irritation or see someone else behaving unnaturally in the pool, report it to a pool official in a public pool or your pool tech at home. For me, that’s my dad at home.
Keep your water balanced: My friends at pHin have some tips to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes in testing the water chemistry in your pool or hot tub.
And if you want to make pool care really easy, check out pHin. This smart device constantly monitors your water and alerts your smartphone when it’s time to balance it. All you need to do is add the right chemicals based on what pHin tells you. It’s pretty nifty. It’s easy and keeps your water safe for swimming.
Swim season is right around the corner so it’s the perfect time to get your pool or hot tub ready. Happy swimming and stay #PerfectlyBalanced!