Be a Swimming Pool Myth-Buster

After the record cold winter of 2013-14, lots of folks are enjoying summertime by swimming in the pool. As you cool off, dazzle your fellow swimmers with the truth about these common swimming pool myths: Myth #1:  The heavy chemical smell around the pool is a reminder that chlorine is present in the water for

Creating Swimmers This Summer

Learning to swim is an investment that can pay dividends in health, enjoyment and living a long life. Knowing how to swim can mean the difference between life and death, and opens up a world of other activities, like sailing, canoeing, fishing and water skiing, making them safer and more fun. This summer, the National

Chlorine: The Cause of Irritated Eyes of Swimmers?

This poolside scenario will repeat itself many times this summer: Child emerges from swimming pool and approaches parent, rubbing his/her eyes. Parent takes one look at red-eyed child and exclaims, “There must be too much chlorine in the pool. Stay out of the water for a while.” Child agrees reluctantly. The belief that swimmers’ red,

Staying Healthy in the Hot Tub

What is a hot tub? A stress-free, aqueous haven, or a water barrel brimming with bacteria? That was the essence of the question addressed in a recent Huffington Post interview with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologist Michele Hlavsa and University of Arizona Professor Charles Gerba. Although the headlines asserted, “This Will Make

Cabin Fever Symptoms? Blame it on Frigid Winter, Late Spring and Delayed Opportunity to Swim in the Pool

Annual Pool Survey Find Americans Anxious to Shake Off Winter Blues and Dive In WASHINGTON, D.C. – One in three Americans – and over half of Americans in the Northeast and Midwest regions – said the long, brutal winter of 2014 caused their worst cabin fever in at least a decade, and the “cure” many

Warning: Peeing in the Pool May Be Hazardous to Your Health

One in five American adults admit to “peeing in the pool,” according to our 2009 survey. That news elicits a collective “Yuk!” from the public. Now, new research conducted by the China Agricultural University and Purdue University (Lian et. al, 2014) draws a direct connection between swimming pool urination and potential negative health effects for

Olympic Medalist Mom Teams up with CDC to Promote Healthy Swimming

Swimming in a properly maintained pool is a healthy and rewarding activity for people of all ages, but very few of us have the perspective of seven-time Olympic medalist swimmer and mom Amanda Beard. Beard recently partnered with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage swimmers to protect themselves and their

Three Top Swimming Pool Myths

If you spend time at the pool this summer you probably will hear conversations that reinforce a few persistent myths about swimming pools. We invite you to check out three of the most popular myths below and then get the facts so that you can dazzle your poolside companions with your knowledge! Myth Fact If

Myth Busted! Poll Finds Most Parents Believe Pool Urine Detecting Dye Myth Is True

It’s the most widely told pool myth of all time: Don’t pee in the pool or the water will change color and everyone will know. Parents have long used the story of a chemical that changes color in the presence of urine to keep their children from peeing in the pool, and a new poll shows they believe it’s true.

The Question of Children, Swimming Pools and Asthma

Does swimming in chlorinated pools cause asthma in children? In 2003, a Belgian research team proposed the increased exposure of children to chlorinated swimming pools could be responsible for rising rates of asthma among children in developed nations. But many other scientists (see below) challenge the “pool chlorine hypothesis,” as it is called, and since