Myths About Swimming Pools

Say goodbye to confusion and clarify the seven myths attached to our favorite swimming pools.

Let this article shed light on the false notions that you’ve believed since you were a kid!

Myth #1: Clear water means the pool water is clean.

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In truth, regardless of how clear the pool water can appear to be, microorganisms can still exist in pools. To check if the water is clean, use your four senses! What you see, smell, feel, and hear can tell you if the swimming pool water is safe for swimming.

Myth #2: The overpowering odor of the pool chemicals tells me that the pool water is extremely clean.

The strong smell of heavy chemical isn’t actually chlorine. It means that the unhealthy chloramines have already formed in the pool water, produced from the combination of chlorine and contaminants. Sad to say, chloramines aren’t as efficient in disinfecting pool water. The truth is well-maintained pool water has little odor.

Myth #3: I can never get sick from swimming in a pool.

swimming-woman-breathing-poolWRONG! Although swimming is fun and is an excellent cardio workout, you can still get sick if you’re swimming in contaminated pool water. Breathing and swallowing dirty pool water can cause you to be ill. The water can even spread the virus from other people swimming in the pool with you. As a matter of fact, the number of diseases related to swimming has increased over the past ten years.

Myth #4: Chlorine can kill all the germs that can cause sicknesses.

Unfortunately, chlorine, as well as other standard pool cleaning chemicals, can kill the germs, but they take time. Chlorine may get rid of most of the microbes in a matter of minutes, but some bacteria like the nasty cryptosporidium can survive a properly treated swimming pool for days. YIKES!

Myth #5: Getting red eyes while swimming means there’s too much chlorine in the pool.

Itchy skin and red eyes are caused by either high chloramine or improper pH levels. Believe it or not, you might need more chlorine to eliminate chloramines and sanitize the water.

Myth #6: I don’t always have to shower before going to the pool.

Outdoor_Poolside_ShowerNo one’s exempted—all swimmers must shower before entering the pool, even if you took a bath earlier that day. The body oil, sweat, urine, and other waste in the body will contaminate the pool water, so everyone should get rid of them by showering first. We wouldn’t want to take them with us while swimming, right? Because that’s just disgusting.

Myth #7: The maintenance of the pool is the responsibility of the pool owner/manager and lifeguard only.

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Of course, the owner of the pool and the employees are in charge of keeping the pool clean and healthy, but they’re not the only ones responsible. Swimmers also need to follow the necessary pool practices, be alert for unhealthy conditions, report issues when they happen, and keep the pool clean and healthy.