Chlorine is the chemical most often used to keep swimming pools free of bacteria that can be hazardous to you and your little one. So it's in all of the pools in which we teach.
Chlorine kills bacteria and is essential to ensure that the swimming pool is completely clean. Unfortunately when chlorine mixes with other substances such as sweat, body lotion, make-up and other bodily fluids it forms a by-product that floats above the surface and it really isn't very nice - you don't want to be inhaling this!
We had to cancel some of our lessons in recent weeks as we were not happy with the level of chlorine. This was largely caused by us having large numbers of parents and babies in the pool - Chlorine levels can drop significantly even in between our classes. The more substances in the pool, the harder the chlorine has to work and more chlorine has to be added to the pool to keep it balanced.
How can you help?
- Have a quick shower before entering pool for your class (even just a quick rinse)
- Remove make-up
These simple actions will prevent the gassy by-products being created and everyone has a more comfortable swim. We monitor the levels of chlorine very carefully and a balanced level means that we don't have to cancel your classes.