The joy of swimming

Some of us can no longer walk run or cycle, joints or other issues mean we can only swim. Swimming is good for mental wellbeing and boosts immunity If it’s about physical distancing , we can.

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by Caireal on May 09, 2020 at 09:35AM

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  • Posted by Elkie May 09, 2020 at 09:39

    Cleaning of the facilities, mainly changing cubicles and hairdryers, will have to be sorted out.
  • Posted by GJBB May 09, 2020 at 09:52

    Like you,I miss swimming but I'm not sure if coronavirus transmission in swimming pools might be an issue. I do know adenovirus can be transmitted via swimming pools
  • Posted by ClStephens May 09, 2020 at 10:01

    Swimming has huge physical and mental health benefits. The nature of the activity means distancing is natural and automatic. Travel restrictions would need to be lifted to allow travel to venues. Open water swimming is even easier to maintain social distancing and has even more health benefits. Again travel to open water is required.
  • Posted by CarrieFortune May 09, 2020 at 10:04

    I would not open Swimming pools until after all safe outdoor activities have been restarted as swimming is indoors and if there are few other indoor activities available it will encourage queues and more people going than usually would on rainy days meaning it’s overcrowded. People swimming also need to use changing rooms and showers which can be cramped and often have a damp humid atmosphere. Outdoor activities can take place easier without queues and over crowding. Swimming pools could be asked to ensure they are cleaned before each session quite easily as they should be doing this anyway. Swimming pools always used to smell of chlorine and don’t so much. They could be asked to make sure they have enough chlorine in the water. They could be asked to limit the numbers in the pool at each session. This could probably be done quite easily by only starting swimming and not having swimming classes and aqua fit in the pools. I do think swimming should re open before other sports centres as running and cycling in a gym can easily be done outside. Also before cinemas or museums as swimming is certainly solo or in families and is good for health.
  • Posted by JLMBD May 09, 2020 at 14:09

    I would have though a swimming pool provided the perfect environment to transmission of a virus. Damp, humid, water travelling over everyone's face. It's unlikely there will be enough chlorine in the pool to kill the virus, it would damage people at those levels.
  • Posted by lizacole May 09, 2020 at 18:07

    I would love swimming pools to be opened, I understand chlorine kills the virus. However, I fear us folk who go in to swim lengths would be fine at the physical distancing, but more difficult with folk who go in for other reasons, especially kids.
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