Choosing Safer Sunscreen

Another good thing about being an open water swimmer is that we pay more attention to the environment we play in. We notice not only how the wild water affects our pleasure and safety, we notice how the humans affect that environment, unfortunately, often in negative...

Skin Care For Pool Swimmers

If any of you, like me, are around family members who are not swimmers, you may get polite but concerned comments about how much you smell like chlorine after being at the pool. When I was a kid I would lick my skin and sniff as a reminder of the practice coming that...
Foot Care Around The Pool

Foot Care Around The Pool

It’s not a very exciting topic, but for those of us who spend a lot of time at a pool – and in the communal shower and changing room – taking care of our feet is an important health topic. These wet and warm surfaces are petri dishes for highly...
A Solution For Chlorine Smell

A Solution For Chlorine Smell

As a swimmer for nearly 30 years I have just learned to live with the chlorine smell and effects on my skin, eyes, nostrils and swim gear. But my wife has not been a regular swimmer up until the last few years, and in these years we have enjoyed using the...

Open Water Sun Protection

How do I protect myself from the sun while swimming in open-water? That’s a very important question, and one I hear often at this time of the year. Here are my two recommendations: 1) A rash-guard or swim-shirt. If you want no hindrance while swimming the fit...