Friday Interview: Andrew Chadeayne - Swimming Science

February 11, 2015


1. Please introduce yourself to the readers. Include how you got started in the profession, education, credentials, experience, etc.  
I have been swimming my entire life.  I swam competitively at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Northern Westchester as a kid and then for Princeton University, where I earned a degree in chemistry.  After graduating from Princeton, I earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell, then took a job working for Finnegan, a patent law firm.  While working at Finnegan, I earned my law degree from the George Washington University and received the American Bar Association’s award for excellence in the study of intellectual property.  

While working at the law firm, the lingering chlorine would eat away at me all day.  Some of my dark dress shirts became bleached around the collar.  I felt like I had a caustic film on me all the time.  One day, I had a breakthrough: thinking about my “eau de chlorine” from a molecular standpoint: my body is made of molecules; chlorine is a molecule; how do they react? What can I do to make my hair/body feel better?  

Once I viewed “eau de chlorine” as a chemical problem, I quickly developed a solution.  I tested it out with my swimming friends and everyone was impressed, shocked really.  So, I quit my job and started SwimSpray.  And here we are.

2. Why does chlorine have such a distinct aroma?
Any aroma is simply a product of how your smell receptors respond to a particular molecule.  When we say something smells like “chlorine,” I think that we are really referring to a set of chlorinated molecules.  Chlorine is avery reactive molecule.  When it reacts with common chemicals, it chlorinates them, making chlorinated byproducts.  We often refer to the smell of those byproducts as “chlorine”.  

3. What do you suggest for removing the smell of chlorine from the body?
Without question, use SwimSpray.  It’s like magic.

First off, your real concern should be getting the chlorine off of your body not simply eliminating the smell.  The smell is just the easiest way to tell whether you are covered in chlorine or not.

To get the chlorine off of your hair and skin, you need a potent antioxidant because chlorine is an oxidant.  Chlorine oxidizes the molecules that make up you hair and skin.  You end up with chlorinated hair and chlorinated skin.  Vitamin C is an all-natural antioxidant.  Accordingly, it will reverse the damage that chlorine does to your hair and skin.  Just spray it all over your hair and body during your normal shower routine.

4. How about clothes?
You can dechlorinate your swimwear with SwimSpray.  It’s the same idea.  The chlorine in the pool reacts with your swimwear.  You can dechlorinate you swimwear by rinsing it out with water and SwimSpray after swimming.  I shower with my suit on at the pool, so I just give my suit a few sprays during my shower.

5. Do you feel pool chemicals contribute to the high rates of breathing disorders in swimming?
I have read a lot about this topic.  I have also experienced the hacking cough that plagues many swimmers.  From what I can tell, these breathing problems are due to chloramines, which are a family of chlorinated biproducts.  The chloramines build up due to incomplete chlorination, caused by either not enough chlorine or too much biological material in the pool.

6. What projects can we anticipate from you in the future?
Customer feedback has driven our research and development.  A few of our customers have found that SwimSpray’s existing low pH formulation stings a little on raw skin.  So, we have developed a “sensitive skin” version that solves that problem.  That should be available this summer.  We have also been asked to develop a body wash, so we did.  We have a prototype foaming wash that provides the same chlorine-removing benefit as SwimSpray.  Our body wash should be available within the next 6 months.

Our most important project is educating the consumer.  We have hit a monster home run with efficacy: SwimSpray is 100% effective at removing chlorine; This benefit is dramatic the very first time you use it; And there is zero downside to using it.  You feel better, plain and simple.  But, chlorine removal products are notorious for being ineffective.  I won’t single anyone out, but none of the “Swimmer Shampoos” work.  So, understandably, swimmers are skeptical about our claims.  I think overcoming this skepticism will be a long term project for SwimSpray.

Thanks Andrew!

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