Swimming Pools in Australia - the Good and the Bad

December 29, 2014


Sydney Morning Herald Says Chlorine Season is Here

Summer is in full swing in the Southern hemisphere.  For Australians, the summer season means going swimming.  Yesterday, Peter Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote an article about "Swimming pools, our rite of refuge from the heat."

In his article Mr. Munro captured Australians' need to go swimming.  When the intense summer heat arrives, finding a good swimming pool becomes a priority.  As one lifeguard at the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, in Lidcombe stated: "People fight the first day of heat at home... On the second hot day they seek out shopping malls. On the third, finally, they come to the cool water."

Peter Munro Describes the Pros and Cons of Swimming Pools

Within the article, Mr. Munro also points to some of the downsides of frequent pool use.  In particular, he points out some of the unwanted side-effects of pool chlorine.

Chlorine in Australian PoolsMr. Munro explains, "You can't shake the smell of chlorine, no matter how long you stand under the changing room shower."  This inability to "shake the smell of chlorine" refers to how difficult it is for swimmers to wash away the lingering chlorine, even after regular showering.  

Most swimmers will confirm that they smell like chlorine for a day or two after swimming--even after showering with soap and shampoo.  For many this smell actually a pleasant reminder of the pool environment.  But, as Mr Monroe points out, some people don't like it when their "skin stinks of chlorine," especially at the office or a date.

Whether or not a swimmer enjoys the smell, the real downside is what the chlorine smell means.  The lingering chlorine smell persists because the swimmer is still coated in a layer of chlorine, technically called a "chlorine cover."  The phenomenon is really quite simple: you smell like chlorine because you are still covered in chlorine.  That residual film of chlorine can cause some unwanted side effects.

Mr. Munro also points out that after frequent swimming, "your body is bleached and your hair like straw."  These observations should not be surprising to swimmers.  The chemical used to keep pools sanitary and healthy is the same chemical that makes up household bleach.  In other words, the pool bleaches your hair and body because the water actually has bleach in it.

Eliminating Chlorine After Swimming

Fortunately, the unwanted side-effects of chlorine can be prevented or at least dramatically reduced with one simple step after swimming.  Rinsing the hair and skin with vitamin C instantly eliminates the lingering chlorine, leaving the swimmer chlorine free for all of the hours spent away from the pool.

SwimSpray is the first product to provide a vitamin C rinse for swimmers.  The spray formulation can be used alone with the swimmer's existing shower products.  The results are dramatic and noticeable after the very first use.  Here's how to use SwimSpray.

In Australia, SwimSpray can be purchased via GoFast Promotions, the exclusive dealer of SwimSpray in Australia.

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