Tag: water safety

You can never be too safe in the water

You can never be too safe when it comes to being in or on the water. Do you like to jump in the water off a dock, boat or cliff? Can you see the bottom? If the answers are yes and then no, then make sure you follow these safety techniques. Always look before you leap, you say “I’ve jumped or dove off of this dock or cliff before, I will be okay”. With the change in our waters from climate change, storms that brought in new debris or the time of year contribute to what dangers may lurk at the bottom of any water. First of all never dive or jump into unknown waters. Swim around the area you are planning to make the plunge in. Check it out for anything that may harm you. Make sure the water is deep enough compared to the height you are jumping from.

If you are jumping from any height be careful as to how you are going to land. If you hit water wrong it can feel like you just landed on cement and cause just as much damage. The best way to jump is cross your arms over your chest, cross your feet at the ankles keeping your legs straight and hold on tight. Once you hit the water open your arms and push down then kick. This will bring your back to the surface and you will be ready to go again! Have fun but be SAFE. Nothing can ruin a good time more than needing to have the paramedics come take you to the hospital or worse the morgue.

The Importance for Your Children to Learn How to Swim

There are many reasons why kids should learn how to swim while they’re still young. One of the most important reasons is their safety. When children know how to float or can swim to safety, you as a parent can be more at ease when your child is near water. Swimming also provides a fun way for children and the whole family to get some exercise.

Here are some beginner tips for your child’s first pool encounter:
• Let your child pick out a bathing suit. It will be less challenging if they want to put it on and willing to get it wet.
• Water temperature? It helps to give your child his/her first pool experience in warm water
• Provide a fun experience and rewarding experience in the pool. There are many toys and equipment available to use as well.
• Be patient with their child. If you become frustrated with your child, they may not want to go swimming again.
• Sign him up for swim lessons. For beginners, lessons can usually start out as way for the child to get more comfortable in the water.
As above, keep swimming fun and excited. The more fun they have, the more comfortable they will be in the water and soon enough they will be able to swim on their own.

Chlorine vs. Bromine in Pools and Spas

Water-recreation facilities are a real boon to any athletic club. From providing a hot, relaxing soak after a workout to enabling competition-level training, pools and spas round out the options at your favorite gym. While the use and enjoyment of these facilities should be easy and care-free, there are several aspects to the maintenance and operation of a pool or spa that are critical to bather health and wellness. The purpose of this article is to address the importance of sanitizer in the water, and to discuss the differences between the two most commonly used sanitizers, chlorine and bromine.

Sanitizer, for the purposes of pool and spa chemistry, is any chemical that kills or inactivates germs, viruses and bacteria in the water. Proper maintenance of sanitizer levels is how you avoid catching the cold that the other person in the spa with you has. Chlorine and bromine belong to a class of chemicals called halogens, which work by forming acids in the water that attack and kill microscopic water-borne organisms. As the sanitizers do their work, they become gradually less effective, necessitating the constant renewal of their levels in the pool or spa water. As the water undergoes this cycle of sanitization and renewal, there are some differences between the way chlorine and bromine interact with the water chemistry.

While the chemical reactions can be fairly complex, the end result is simple: properly maintained, sanitizer in a pool or spa creates a hygienic bathing environment. For the user of a water-recreation facility, there are very few noticeable differences between chlorine and bromine. One of the biggest differences is odor. As chlorine becomes “dirty” by binding to contaminants and organisms, it produces the distinctive chlorine smell that many people associate with public pools. Contrary to intuition, being able to smell the chlorine is not an indication that a pool is highly sanitized; in fact it is a good sign that the levels may need adjustment. A properly maintained chlorine-sanitized pool will have little to no chlorine smell, as the form of chlorine that does the work has no odor.

Bromine, on the other hand, has very little odor even when “dirty,” this is one reason why it is often preferred for spas, where the concentrations of contaminants can be much higher. What odor bromine does have, however, is much harder to shower off. Bromine is also more complicated to use, requiring additional chemical processes to maintain its effectiveness. For this reason, it is more costly to operate and maintain a bromine-sanitized pool or spa.

Most frequent users of water-recreation facilities have experienced a rash at some point after bathing, particularly individuals that use a number of differently maintained facilities. This has led many bathers to speculate upon possible chlorine/bromine allergies or reactions. The truth is that, while some individuals are especially sensitive to chemical irritants, actual allergies to halogens are extremely rare. The vast majority of rashes that develop after use of a pool or spa are a skin condition called folliculitus, caused by a variety of Psudomonas bacteria. This results from improper maintenance of sanitizer levels in the water, and the particular type of sanitizer used has no bearing on whether a rash develops. If you should ever develop a skin condition after using a pool or spa, notify the facility’s operator.

At the Seattle Athletic Club, we use chlorine exclusively to sanitize our pool and spas. The primary reason that we use this method is simplicity: with fewer chemical reactions to undergo and less equipment to fail, it is comparatively easy to ensure that safe sanitizer levels are maintained at all times.

While there is more risk of developing a noticeable odor with chlorine, we feel that the advantages over bromine outweigh this potential pitfall. Additionally, as mentioned above, chlorine does not produce much smell when the levels are maintained correctly, and the daily attention paid to our pool and spas by the Facilities staff is more than adequate to prevent a buildup of the “dirty,” smelly type of chlorine.

In summary, selection of a sanitizer is a choice that must take into account many factors, not all of which are detailed in this article. The end result for the bather should be the same regardless of which chemical is used: a safe, hygienic bathing experience. The real key to a clean, odor-free pool is diligent attention by trained, certified and knowledgeable staff.