family swimmingIt’s finally here. Pool season! It may be scorching outside, but just the idea of splashing into the cool waters of your backyard pool is enough to get you through the day. As everyone prepares to debut their new swimsuits, perfect their cannonballs and cultivate glowing tans, we thought we’d make your swimming experience even better by debunking the two biggest myths negatively associated with swimming pools. Before you dive in, read on for an even more pleasant swimming experience.

Don’t swim after you eat.

I’m not sure why parents still cling to this old saying. “If you don’t wait an hour after eating to swim, you’ll get stomach cramps and drown!” is an idea familiar to every parent and child who has taken a summer swim. In that hour, full but unsatisfied kids will dangle their feet into the water, dreaming of fun while they digest. Yes, muscle cramps are possible in any sport, swimming included, but in no way would they make a swimmer sink like a stone. In fact, there isn’t one reported death by cramps and subsequent drowning. It just doesn’t happen. Even a cramping swimmer would be able to float, call for help or simply relax their muscle before meeting their doom beneath the waters surface. My best guess is that parents simply want their kids to take a break from the sun, get some water in them, sunscreen up again and have some rest to avoid crankiness later. (Which is not a bad idea.) So keep the myth alive, if you wish! We won’t tell if you won’t!

There’s too much chlorine! My eyes burn!

Growing up in San Antonio, I was all too familiar with stinging, sensitive eyes after a long day at the neighborhood pool. Until recently, I believed the cause of this to be an overabundance of chlorine in the pool’s water. In reality, the cause of my eye pain was from the opposite of that. In fact, more chlorine would have lessened my chances of stinging, burning eyes. Chlorine kills the bacteria and other particles in swimming pools that could pose health risks to swimmers. Chloramines, the by-products of chlorine and swimmers or other objects, are actually responsible for the burning. Sweaty bodies, dirty pool tools and more contribute to high chloramine levels in your pool. Properly maintaining your chlorine levels will keep your pool water cleaner and balance out the levels of chloramines. For easier chloramine control, take a cue from your neighborhood pools and rinse off before taking a dive.

For more chlorine maintenance tips, swimming pool advice or to have that new diving board installed, call your local pool company. It’s swimming season, and a summer of fun awaits in your own backyard!