Back to the Pool! 3 Tips to Remember at the Swimming Pool

Beach time and open water swims are long gone for most of us and we’re all headed back to the pool. 

To get you back into the stroke of things, here are a few tips from our very own avid swimmer on Team Zealios, Stacey. This summer Stacey swam 11 miles in the Portland Bridge Swim. (Yeah, she knows a thing or eleven about swimming.) 

Stacey before the Portland Bridge 11 mile swim race

Stacey standing under one of the many bridges she’d swim under


Stacey swimming in the Portland Bridge 11 mile swim

Stacey deep into the race with her husband and kayak aid, Robin


Get your hair wet and add conditioner before putting on your swim cap

Wet hair tends to be less absorbent than dry hair, so wetting your hair before you slide into the pool reduces the chances of your hair absorbing water molecules from the pool.

The conditioner will keep chlorine and other chemicals away from your hair. It will also keep your hair tangle-free.


Get the full life out of your swimsuit

Let your swimsuit air out and avoid placing it in a tightly restricted area like a gym bag, purse or in a wad on the floor. When your suit isn’t aired out properly you can get some weird stuff forming and growing on the suit, plus the lycra and spandex will break down faster causing it to be uncomfortably stretchy and loose fitting. 

Heading to the office after the pool? Lay your wet swimsuit out on your car seat to dry (out of the sun, of course) or bring it into the office and drape it over a chair (you might get a few weird looks at first…).


Lather up your suit while in the shower with our Shampoo to pull out all the chlorine and keep your suit chemical clean.


Keep your equipment in tip top shape 

Give your swim and pool equipment a good long life and save some money by not replacing them every season. 

The sun can do some serious damage to your equipment including making your paddles brittle and drying out your rubber fins or latex caps. Once you hop out of the pool bring your equipment with you and store it in a shaded and dry place. 

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