What To Do

An anonymous reader commented that chlorine is dangerous but s/he loves swimming, doesn't have access to non-chlorine pools, and doesn't know what to do.

I love swimming too! Unfortunately, there aren't any non-chlorine pools in my area either. That's part of the reason I started this directory. I believe swimming is too great a sport to just give up. There are things you can do to make the best of it:

  • Showering immediately afterwards will help rinse away some of the chlorine.
  • If you're not swimming competitively, taking at least one day off in between will allow your body to clear some of the chlorine out of your system.
  • Work with the pool management to make sure they use only the amount of chlorine that is necessary and don't over-chlorinate the pool.
  • Gain support within the local swimming community to switch to ozone, ultraviolet, Necon(TM), Tarn-Pure(TM), Pristine Blue(TM), or salt purification systems. Those systems are less expensive in the long run, they're much more efficient, and most importantly they're much safer.
  • Help find non-chlorine pools to add to this list. When pool authorities see that there are pools world-wide using alternatives to chlorine, they are more likely to consider doing the same.

Don't give up swimming! At the same time, work to help yourself and others swim in a healthier environment.

Reference:
Chlorine Toxicity: A Matter that should be of concern to all swimmers, coaches, and parents, Swimming Science Journal, San Diego State University
Chlorinated Swimming Pools Can Cause Asthma in Swimmers, Allan Finney, Mainstream Water Solutions

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