Swimming pool hygiene practices

Old Apr 6, 17, 10:39 am
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I have been to places where swimmers are required to shower before entering the pool. Other places do not require swimmers to shower before entering the pool.
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Old Aug 7, 18, 7:08 pm
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As has been mentioned above, pool sanitation requires adequate amount of free chlorines at all times and removal of chloramines.
This really needs to be monitored and maintained constantly, on a daily basis.

I wonder what % of hotels either 'manually' disinfect the pool on a daily basis, or have pools with machine automatically filtering/maintaining the water.
Do you think most hotels do not do this to such extent?

Also, it seems to me that there is a correlation between hotel brand and pool water quality.

At most HGI / Embassy Suites / many Doubletree, indoor and sometimes outdoor pools smell "like chlorine." (meaning not enough free chlorine, not clean enough).
But at Fairmont / Conrad / many Hyatt, even indoor pool water smells very fresh and my eyes don't burn.

Is it possible that pool water sanitation criteria are built into certain hotel brands' management/franchising contract?

I like doing staycations with a big objective being the use of pool. But I'm becoming more and more of a germaphobe, plus had a bad experience with my eyes acting up after a pool use a couple years ago even with swim goggles. Trying to find out if there's a semi-reliable way to screen hotels for this ahead of time, rather than take a chance and then find out after I've checked in.
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Old May 10, 19, 12:25 am
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Originally Posted by cslewis View Post
I have been to places where swimmers are required to shower before entering the pool. Other places do not require swimmers to shower before entering the pool.
Yeah, same. It is not mandatory to shower before entering the pool.
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Old Sep 1, 19, 1:05 pm
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Here's some interesting reading.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/w...ting-in-a-pool

In some, it seems one is more likely to get ill from "treated" water immersion than in non-treated water.
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Old Sep 1, 19, 1:19 pm
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My condo buildings have always insisted on a shower before using the (indoor) pool, but this meant getting a bit wet, not using soap. A lot of hotels have similar rules posted.

Once I got sick in Mexico despite being very very very careful about F&B, brushing teeth with bottled water, etc. I'm convinced it was from swallowing a bit of (outdoor) pool water, so I'm now cautious about using a pool in places where you can't drink the water. More generally, if I'm not convinced that the hotel has excellent hygiene practices, I won't swim there.

I'm even fussier about using spas because I don't know about the local regulations and licensing standards (or lack thereof). This means no pedicures in most countries, etc.

Similarly, I won't use public hot tubs. Too many people and lots of nasty things can grow in warm water.

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Old Sep 7, 19, 3:00 pm
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[Moderator edit] Quit going to the pool right away

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Old Sep 10, 19, 6:43 am
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I have found many occasions in China where wearing a swimming cap has been mandatory for both men and women.. in the most relaxing, resort style pools..
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Old Sep 24, 19, 2:32 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post

My condo buildings have always insisted on a shower before using the (indoor) pool, but this meant getting a bit wet, not using soap. A lot of hotels have similar rules posted.

Once I got sick in Mexico despite being very very very careful about F&B, brushing teeth with bottled water, etc. I'm convinced it was from swallowing a bit of (outdoor) pool water, so I'm now cautious about using a pool in places where you can't drink the water. More generally, if I'm not convinced that the hotel has excellent hygiene practices, I won't swim there.

I'm even fussier about using spas because I don't know about the local regulations and licensing standards (or lack thereof). This means no pedicures in most countries, etc.

Similarly, I won't use public hot tubs. Too many people and lots of nasty things can grow in warm water.
There is very little to no policing of people showering before most pool use in the world even when there is an advisory to do so. And even in places where there is pool-entry control checking on swimwear and showering before pool use, I've never seen policing of adults' showering with soap/shampoo/bodywash. The last time I've encountered anything approaching such policing going on, it involved school or other swim classes for kids, but it involved no policing for soap/shampoo/bodywash use prior to going into the pools.

I was on swim teams for many years and have used many public pools over the decades, and I seem to have had way fewer problems due to that than due to going into ocean/sea/lake/river waters.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Matt_L View Post
I have found many occasions in China where wearing a swimming cap has been mandatory for both men and women.. in the most relaxing, resort style pools..
I've run into this rule in many places, including China, Japan, and even Europe. As a guy, when I swim in a pool I generally don't wear a cap, unless required or the water is cold. When I swim open water, it is usually required for safety (we generally wear very bright colors).

It is funny to see this thread resurrected after I did an open water swim in a river on Sunday (the Tennessee River through Knoxville, TN). Someone asked me if I thought the river water was safe to swim in. Hmmm, the race organizers do tests at various points along the course, so the water is probably safer than many pools. Heck, the way my suits fade in my gym pool makes me wonder what the heck is in the water! I've learned to wear nylon or polyester suits in that pool, as they can take more of a beating than lycra.
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