With summer approaching and the weather turning warmer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy in the pool.  Whether you’re looking to bask in the sun while reading a good book, or your kids are playing games in the pool, there are certain items to be sure to have to stay protected and comfortable at the pool.

1.  Water

It’s important to stay hydrated while enjoying pool whether you’re laying in the sun or swimming laps.  Water is involved in so many processes in the body that being just 2% dehydrated can start to hinder your body’s ability to perform.  Pick out a water bottle in your favorite colour or pattern and throw some ice in to stay hydrated while at the pool, or you can fill a cooler with bottles of water.

2.  Sun Protection

You probably hear people say it all time, “Use sunscreen!”  Sunscreen is important in preventing burns and also preventing skin cancer and premature aging.  Although many sunscreens say they are waterproof, be sure to reapply sunscreen after getting in the pool.

3.  Eye Protection

In addition to protecting your skin, your eyes are important to protect as well.  Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration and other problems that can cause temporary vision loss.  To protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation, sunglasses should block 100 percent of UV rays and also absorb most HEV rays. Frames with a close-fitting wrap-around style provide the best protection because they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes from above and beyond the periphery of your sunglass lenses.

4.  Hats

If you’re never had a sunburn on your head, you’re lucky.  It is possible without a hat to get sunburned on head or the part of your hair.  Hats can not only aid in preventing sunburn, but can also help keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face.  Plus, hats are a stylish accessory for the pool!

5.  Towels

Instead of just one towel, be sure to bring a couple.  By having more than one, you can have one for drying off that will get wet, and another nice, dry one for lounging on.  If you have plastic, metal or wooden pool chairs, a plush towel is great to have on hand for comfort.

6.  Snacks

Don’t forget the snacks!  Even though snacking has developed a “bad image,” snacks can be an important part of your diet. They can provide energy in the middle of the day or before exercise.  Prevent getting “woozy” from hunger by having snacks readily available at the pool.

7.  First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit close by can be helpful, especially if you have kids.  Although you may tell your kids not to run at the pool, kids inevitably may fall down and scrape their knee.  By having band-aids and first aid items close by and convenient, it will prevent you having to track them down.

 

The great thing about owning your own pool is that if you happen to forget any of these items, it’s not the end of the world, your home is luckily just a few feet or so away!  Get started with swimming pool ownership today.  Contact Leisure Pools (www.leisurepools.com.au) and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.