Summary

  • Swimming is a popular low impact activity that is great for improving general health and wellbeing.
  • While swimming is fun and a great way to stay fit and active, sometimes germs can contaminate the pool water, which can make people sick.
  • It’s important to remember that you share the pool water with everyone.
  • Follow the 5 healthy swimming steps to help keep the pool clean and stop the spread of germs.

Healthy swimming steps

Follow the 5 healthy swimming steps to help keep the pool clean:

  • Shower and wash with soap before you swim
  • Wash your hands with soap after going to the toilet or changing a nappy
  • Change nappies in nappy areas only
  • Don’t swim if you have diarrhoea
  • Avoid swallowing pool water

Everyone has a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe and healthy in the pool and help keep the pool clean.

Find out more about how germs can spread in pool water and how to keep the water clean.

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