7 Myths about Swimming

When it comes to swimming pools, there are many myths and old-wives tales that are still doing the rounds. Many of these myths have no sound reasoning and some are based on incorrect facts. We have done some research to bust these one myth at a time:

Myth 1: Wait after eating before swimming
There is a long-standing belief that if you swim directly after eating, you will experience stomach cramps and feel ill. However, this is not true. It is perfectly fine to swim after eating. Although it is not advised to do belly flops after eating a hearty, full-course meal. If you are still in doubt, check with your doctor to be sure.

Myth 2: It is okay to drink pool water
Even if your pool water is clear and looks clean, there can be lots of micro-organisms living in the water that can make you very sick if ingested. It is recommended that you avoid drinking any pool water, regardless of the water condition.

Myth 3: Boys and girls are equally at risk for drowning
Surprisingly, 4 out of 5 drowning victims are boys and men according to CDC drowning statistics. This does not mean that girls and women need not be careful around the swimming pool. Children are also at a greater risk for drowning. Thus, safety precautions should always be taken around the pool in the form of pool fences and safety nets, for example.

Myth 4: Chlorine turns blonde hair green
This is false! While blonde hair usually turns green after swimming in a chlorine pool, it is not the chlorine’s doing. What causes blonde hair to turn green is actually copper commonly found in most chlorine pools. The copper comes from compounds that are added to destroy algae. The copper is oxidised in the water and when it reacts with the proteins in your hair it deposits its green colour.

Myth 5: Clear pool water means clean pool water
While your pool may appear to be clean and healthy, the water may not be balanced and completely healthy. Many micro-organisms may be present in the water, making it unhealthy and ‘dirty’.

Myth 6: Swimming is bad for people with asthma
Contrary to popular belief, swimming is actually very good for asthma sufferers. It is a healthy form of exercise that helps to improve lung function. So asthmatics, stop avoiding the pool, it can be very good for you!

Myth 7: I can’t get sick from pool water
Unfortunately, this is not true. Swallowing, breathing or having contact with contaminated water can spread a number of waterborne diseases. Take caution when swimming in pools you are not familiar with, and if you are unsure, rather avoid the water completely.

We hope that demystifying these myths will make every day at the pool a pleasant and safe swimming experience for you and your loved ones.

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