Swimming is a popular sport and recreational activity enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about swimming that can make it intimidating for beginners and even discourage some from trying it

Facts vs Myths About Swimming

Myth: Swimming requires a good level of physical fitness.

Fact: While swimming is a great way to stay in shape, you don't have to be in top physical condition to enjoy it. In fact, swimming can be a low demanding exercise that is easy on your joints and can help improve your cardiovascular health, no matter what your fitness level.


Myth: You do not sweat while swimming.

Fact: While you may not feel like you're sweating while swimming, you are still losing fluids and need to stay hydrated. The water in the pool can make it difficult to feel the effects of sweat, so it's important to drink water regularly during your swim.


Myth: Holding your breath underwater makes swimming more efficient

Fact: Holding your breath underwater can actually make it harder to swim efficiently. Instead, focus on exhaling steadily and blowing bubbles when your face is in the water to help prepare your lungs to inhale when you come up for air.


Myth: You need to wait for an hour before swimming after eating

Fact: The common belief about waiting to swim after eating is a common myth and is not actually supported by scientific evidence. It is still a good idea to wait a bit after eating before engaging in any strenuous activity.


Myth: The presence of a strong smell of chlorine implies that the pool is clean.

Fact: The smell of chlorine in the pool actually means that there are chloramines present, which are formed when chlorine reacts with organic matter like sweat and urine. This can cause eye and skin irritation and means that the pool needs more chlorine to be properly sanitized.


Myth: Rainwater won't affect your pool chemistry.

Fact: Rainwater can negatively impact pool water chemistry, lowering the pH and alkalinity levels and reducing the effectiveness of chlorine. This can cause cloudy or green water, necessitating additional chemical treatments. Regular testing and adjustment of chemical levels is crucial to maintain a clean and healthy swimming pool.


Myth: Urinating in a swimming pool is not harmful.

Fact: While very unhygienic, peeing in the pool can introduce contaminants that can be harmful to both the pool and the people swimming in it. Always use the restroom before entering the pool and avoid using it as a substitute for a toilet.


Myth: if you didn’t acquire the skills of swimming during your childhood, it may be challenging to learn it now.

Fact: It's never too late to learn how to swim! While starting young can provide an advantage, adults can still learn the fundamentals of technique and improve their skills faster because they are more mentally engaged in the process.