A Guide to Summer Swimming: Indoors or Out?

By Darren Hong

 

With the temperature going up, you might be tempted to go for a quick dip in the pool to cool off. However, you might be worried about the location of your pool, as both indoor and outdoor pools come with pros and cons. Not to worry! With the help of this guide, you’ll be a pro at choosing your lazy lagoon.



Your first option is an outdoor pool. Generally, outdoor pools are regulated with heaters in the winter, but during the summer, the sun will keep the water from becoming too cold. Most pools use chlorine to prevent bacteria, but some pools use salt. Regardless, always avoid drinking pool water. In outdoor pools, it is very important to wear sunscreen. Even when the sun seems dim, the UV rays can still damage your skin. Another problem is that leaves and bugs can enter the water, which may turn off some of our more squeamish swimmers. Finally, it can be dangerous during thunderstorms, as lightning could conduct through the water, posing a hazard. The pros of outdoor pools include the possibility of slides, inflatables, and other toys.



The other option for aquatic activities would be indoor pools. Unlike outdoor pools, a heater is required year round for a consistent temperature. Additionally, the smell of chlorine may be stronger due to less ventilation, which may be a concern for some swimmers. Additionally, indoor pools may have less space overall, which may make it difficult to install fun equipment such as slides and diving boards. However, there is no need for sunscreen, and there is a much smaller probability of running into insects and other critters, and you can continue your swimming during the colder seasons.


Hopefully, this guide has helped you find the right choice for your summer swimming. Happy hiking!

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