There are plenty of fun pool myths out there swimming about in the world. And here we are to debunk them! Well here we have just two, but we’ll be back with more soon!
Myth: There is a dye that is used to identify swimmers who pee in the pool.
There is no dye in pool water to indicate whether or not someone has peed. Rather, swimmers are on the “honor system” when it comes to getting out of the pool to use the bathroom. There are plenty of benefits to not peeing in your pool. Some of them I bet you can think of right off the bat.
Myth: Swimmer’s eyes turn red when there is too much chlorine in the pool.
Too much chlorine in the pool would be irritating to the eyes, but chlorine itself is not the common cause of swimmer “red eye.” Swimmers’ eyes redden from irritants–known as chloramines–produced when urine and sweat in the pool combine chemically with chlorine pool disinfectant. So this is actually one of the benefits to not peeing in the pool as said above. DON’T PEE IN THE POOL.
For a healthy, clean, and overall enjoyable experience in the pool: shower before swimming to remove sweat, dirt, and cosmetics. The pre-swim shower and frequent bathroom breaks can go a long way toward letting chlorine carry out its critical role of killing germs in the pool instead of having to bind with the various impurities swimmers add to pool water. (*cough* Don’t pee in the pool. *cough*)
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