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Top 3 tips: Cutting down on swimming-related irritation

Stinging eyes, itching skin, and faded bathing suits are all unfortunate side effects of swimming that, at one point or another, bother even the most casual of swimmers. Although these are often blamed on chlorine, the real culprits are fearsome water-borne organic contaminants and acidic water, which irritates sensitive skin and mucus membranes.

Here are some top tips on how you can protect yourself, and ensure that your next swim is as comfortable as possible:

  1. Shower, Shower, Shower

Showering before a swim washes contaminants, such as sweat, from your body, reducing the number of irritants you’re directly exposed to, and improving the overall water quality in the pool. Showering is especially important if you are going swimming following a strenuous, sweaty workout. Showering after swimming removes any excess chlorine, and limits it from reacting with your skin, hair, and bathing suit.

  1. Use Goggles!

Goggles protect the vulnerable mucus membranes in our eyes from reacting with surrounding water. Irritated eyes are one of the most common complaints among swimmers, and a good pair of well-fitting goggles can really cut down on the amount of exposure you receive. As an extra bonus, you’ll be able to see where you’re going!

  1. Pick Your Swim Times Carefully

The more swimmers in the water, the more contaminants are too. By swimming at off-peak times, you allow the chlorine to better disinfect the water, and our filters to remove more contaminants.


Happy swimming,


Paul Simpson

Aquatics Director


About Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson is the Aquatics Director at the Keene Family YMCA.
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