Effects of Swimming on Skin

I would like to learn swimming but am concerned about the impact after swimming, in particular the effects of swimming on skin. Does swimming affects skin, eyes, ears and other organs of the body due to treated water? What items are available to wear for protecting ourselves from health issues? Please advise the precautions to take. Thank you!


I would be lying if I said that swimming had no effects on the body in terms of damage due to the water. However let us put some things into perspective here.

Most public and private swimming pools adhere to very strict guidelines when it comes to water treatment and in particular the chemical balances of chlorine. Chlorine and other chemicals are a requirement in pool water to kill off germs and help keep it safe to swim in.

As for the effect on our bodies post swim, well they are minimal to say the least. Olympic swimmers spend most of their waking hours in or around a swimming pool and there have been no long term effects reported by these athletes.

So, for someone learning to swim who might go to the pool once or twice a week, there is very little that can happen.

We are of course all sensitive in different ways and different amounts of exposure to swimming pool water and there are some very common and very basic precautions that can be taken.

You can protect your eyes by wearing a good pair of goggles. You can prevent water entering your ears by wearing ear plugs and a swimming cap will keep your hair dry. Swimming costumes made from chlorine resistant material are readily available from most retailers. If your skin sensitive to swimming pool water you could go the whole way and wear a full body wet suit, but this is usually only necessary in extreme cases.

Please do not let the effects of the water put you off of learning to swim. The benefits of swimming in terms of increased health, relaxation and fun far outweigh any slight side effects of swimming pool water.

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