Jumping in at the deep end: you should keep this in mind when bathing in the outdoor pool

At the start of the season, water rats have to be prepared for an outdoor pool without corona rules. And because operators want to save energy in many places: to less heated pool water. With these tips, you can still bathe in a relaxed manner.

1. Don’t stay in the water for too long

Taking a dip in the cool water is not a good idea. Better: venture into it step by step. In order not to strain the cardiovascular system, the body should slowly get used to the water temperature.

If you want to avoid hypothermia, you should also not swim for too long. As a rule of thumb, the water temperature corresponds to the minutes that you can stay in the water. Thomas Huber, chairman of the Bavarian water rescue service, points this out. But be careful: the risk of getting a calf cramp when swimming is higher in cold water.

By the way: Dry off immediately after swimming to avoid cooling down. If you jump straight out of the pool into the shower, you should slowly turn the temperature up. That protects the cycle.

2. Don’t forget your sunscreen

Water surfaces reflect UV radiation. Therefore, even when the sky is cloudy, the risk of sunburn is high when swimming, for example on the shoulders or nose. Christoph Liebich, dermatologist from Munich, advises generously applying sun protection with a high sun protection factor between 30 and 50. And to reapply at least every two hours and after swimming. This also applies to waterproof sunscreens. Because the protection is rubbed off when drying.

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