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Splash into Summer: How to Relax and Stay Safe at the Pool

Posted by Colleen Sideck, MPH, RDN on 06.28.2019

For many, it doesn’t quite feel like summer until you’re relaxing at the pool. Maybe you remember days from your childhood when you spent your summer break at the local pool. Or, maybe you have memories of spending time by the water with friends, family, and good books. Whether you enjoy being in the water or lounging nearby, this time can be a fun memory to take with you into the cooler months and beyond.

Make your best memories yet with these tips for relaxing and staying safe at the pool.

  • Pack essentials: Fill your tote with sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and a pool umbrella for sun protection. Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated in the heat. Have healthy snacks available for when hunger hits. You’ll save money and have more control over your options than if you hit up the concession stand.
  • Shower off: Before swimming, showering prevents you from bringing body oils, sweat, cosmetics, and germs into the pool. The chlorine in the water does help to break these down, but it takes longer to work on certain germs than others. After, showering helps remove chlorine and anything you’ve picked up from the pool.
  • Keep watch: Never leave a child unattended in or near water. Always make sure there’s a lifeguard at public pools or a responsible adult watching at private pools. Teach your child to swim when they are old enough. Follow pool rules to stay safe and avoid accidents.
  • Lounge and unwind: Use your time at the pool to relax. It’s a great opportunity to read a book, listen to a podcast, or meditate. It can also be calming to simply rest and listen to the sounds of the outdoors. If you have kids in or near the water, remember to stay alert or take turns keeping watch with other adults.
  • Bond and have fun: When you’re at your most relaxed, it’s easier to build connections with others. Engage friends and family with games for friendly competition. Use a pool ball for catch, monkey-in-the-middle, or pool basketball. Or, see if your pool has a bean bag toss/cornhole board or volleyball net to play outside of the pool.

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Colleen is a member of the WCS Health Coaching team. As a Registered Dietitian, she is passionate about our team's ability to guide employees towards sustainable, healthy habits that help them lead their fullest life—inside and outside the workplace.