For the 12th year in a row, the week before Memorial Day has been designated as National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. This week is dedicated to focusing on simple steps swimmers can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience. While most people know they can get sick from eating or drinking contaminated food or water, they might not realize that swimming can also lead to illness.
Recreational water illnesses are caused by swallowing water or breathing in mists from contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, splash pads, lakes, rivers or oceans. The best ways to stay healthy while having fun in the water are:
- Never swim when sick, especially with diarrhea
- Keep pee and poop out of the water
- Wash your body before entering the water
- Keep all recreational water out of your mouth