The Importance of Showering Before Swimming
Whether you are swimming in the lap pool, or just sitting in the whirlpool to relax, showering beforehand is very important. Taking a shower with soap removes numerous substances that we carry with us that can affect the water quality and health of the other pool users. Some of these include cosmetics, lotions, body oils, perspiration and traces of urine and fecal matter.
What does chlorine do in the pool?
Chlorine is used in swimming pools, hot tubs and water parks all over the world to kill and oxidize harmful bacteria and germs. Chlorine is a highly effective disinfectant, but it doesn’t work on everything. When chlorine mixes with our body’s organic matter it creates a byproduct that can be unhealthy. The chlorine smell in pools is actually the byproduct of the chlorine mixing with the organic matter that could have been removed with a soapy shower.
We use other chemicals and enzymes to help reduce the amount of organic matter in the water. Let’s each do our part by taking a soapy shower prior to entering any of the pools at Beacon Health & Fitness!