Monthly Archives: June 2014

How to make the pool area safe for kids

It is a frequently discussed topic in the (Australian) media: Children who got in danger in and around water. Not only open waters like lakes or the sea but also (private) swimming pools can be full of danger. Only telling your children to stay away from the water when they are not (yet) able to swim is not always a proper solution. Sometimes other simple things are necessary to protect the little ones from getting themselves in danger. We listed some useful tips which can be easily applied and make sure your kid is safe.

Portrait of little girl wearing water wings relaxing on edge of
Make sure that all kids in the pool area without a swimming certificate wear armbands. This is specifically necessary when you are not able to constantly supervise them. If a child accidently falls into the water he/she will always float which gives you the time to quickly make your way to the pool. Armbands can be taken off once they know how to swim!

Pool Shoes
Not only the water itself but also the area around the pool can be dangerous because of the slippery tiles. Make sure that children wear pool shoes or other water repellent footwear. Also make sure to have some spare pool shoes in house in case guests come over.

Pool covers can prevent your pool water from getting dirty or even keep the warmth of the water. If you already own one why not make more use of it? You can easily cover the pool every time it is not being used. This indicates that the pool area is closed and that kids have to stay away from it.

Paddling pool
Give the little ones with their own paddling pool! It is still highly recommended to keep an eye on the kids whilst they play in their pool, however there is less temptation for them to approach the ‘adult’ swimming pool. Make sure to place the paddling pool away from the main swimming pool, as well as their playing area(s) in general.

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Myths: All about Swimming

Myths – everyone knows them, everyone talks about them. But what is right and what is wrong?

Myth 1: You don’t get sunburnt in the waterMyth Vs Reality
This prejudice needs to be eliminated as the exact opposite is the case. Sun rays can reach up to one meter into the water. Apart from them reaching you through the water, sun rays are reflected from the water surface and their force is many times stronger. This mainly affects parts of the body above the water line, so regular sunscreen application is a must.

Myth 2: Do not go into the water with a full stomach
Doesn’t this remind you of your parents’ warnings? “Swimming with a full stomach will give you stomach cramps!” Is it true? There is no increased risk for people who go swimming after eating. However, we can note that a full stomach prevents swimmers from performing at their best level as the body is busy with the digestive process of the stomach.

Myth 3: Chlorine ‘roughens’ your hair and turns blonde hair green
Chlorine does in fact have a “roughening” effect on hair. Its specific effect on your hair depends on the type of chlorine, the level of chlorine in the water and how long your hair is in contact with the chlorine. After swimming in a swimming pool hair should be rinsed out with clean water to prevent the hair from roughening too much. Naturally blond or coloured hair can take on a greenish shade. This is not due to the chlorine in the pool, but because of the copper content in the water, which binds with the hair proteins. Fair-haired swimmers might consider putting a bathing cap on or using specific shampoos that assist in removing copper.

Myth 4: Swimming is bad for people with asthma
This is not true! Experts actually recommend swimming for asthma patients. It is one of the best and healthiest forms of exercise that people who suffer from asthma can do. While swimming, they breathe in the air near the surface of the water that is warmer and more humid (moist) in comparison to normal air. It also helps increase the volume of the lungs and its functions and is a healthy form of exercise for people of all ages.

Myth 5: Swimming is good for the back
Basically, all experts agree. Swimming strengthens the back muscles and prevents painful tension and poor posture. But swimming for people who already have back problems, especially with the spine, can rather harm the body. Especially inexperienced swimmers, who stretch their neck backwards to breathe better, put too much pressure on their cervical vertebrae and neck muscles and thereby trigger spasms and tension.

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