The cool, glistening waters of public pools are certainly seductive on a hot summer day. But if they’re not properly maintained and treated, these public pools spread germs that can cause unpleasant illnesses and ruin the fun. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe (and cool) in a public pool.
“Another One Bites the Dust” works too, but you might not want to be caught humming it while doing CPR. 😉
You could teach swimmers to communicate their status over the water, the same way scuba divers do under it. If I point at a kid, they need to make a fist and tap the top of their head with it. That’s the “I’m okay” sign. If I don’t get a response, I need to go get you. That said, I’ve swam in water where visibility is 6 ft at most, with goggles.
Now that the dog days of July have arrived, you’ve probably given some thought to taking a dip. But first, you might consider some beach tips from a pair of books—both from the historical medical collection here at the New York Academy of Medicine, published in 1818 and 1918—once used to teach swimming. Of course, some advice has aged better than others.
It’s an interesting read, to see how complete the instruction books were for the time period. I do think swimming is one of the life skills you need to learn. It was highlighted for our local community recently because there were a few drownings in the past year by tourists. The local lakes and parks haven’t had lifeguards for as long as I’ve been a kid, but then drowning is silent (contrary to TV/movie/media).
Lots of people I’ve met have used swimming training for triathlon to address & conquer their fear of the water. To my knowledge, they are largely successful. One found out they loved open water swimming – they just waited for everyone to leave before starting off. This person was finding that swimming in a pool was triggering her anxiety now, but she still doesn’t quite understand what the trigger is. Lots I know do not like swimming through weeds, which can happen in open water. Meh – it’s unnerving for a moment when you touch one but it’s not likely to get tangled & cause problems.
Picture yourself with your very own backyard pool. There you are, drifting on an inflatable raft, wearing a cute bikini, sipping a fruity drink, wiping the urine from your eyes…wait—what now? Sometimes ignorance is bliss when it comes the germs you’re being exposed to on the regular—otherwise how would you leave the house? But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) would prefer you actually learned something about these issues.