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Open Water Swimming

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 05, 2010 at 6:12 PM

I grew up swimming and really miss it. Unfortunately, as a competitive swimmer, I had terrible asthma that abated when I quit. Given the link between pool chemicals and asthma, I'm not very interested in swimming in traditional pools.

Do any of you do open water swimming? Know of any good natural swimming holes? Training courses?

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

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on June 05, 2010
at 09:01 PM

Yes, but no chloromines, which are the compounds that irritate eyes and produce the fumey "pool smell," and make trouble for asthmatics. Saltwater poolwater is odorless, tasteless, and silky--a real joy.

6b73f0c4b971e2dde7147920e329fe7f

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on June 05, 2010
at 07:41 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltwater_pool Saltwater pools use a chlorine generator

52cae90a114ca8f0404948e2b7ccb7ef

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on June 05, 2010
at 07:37 PM

saltwater pools are so nice.

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6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

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on June 05, 2010
at 07:25 PM

Have you tried a saltwater pool? No chlorine is added to the water, just salt (NaCl). It works about the same way a household water softener does, and no chlorine is ever added since the salt doesn't evaporate. The lack of chlorine fumes is supposed to be good for those who suffer from asthma. It also doesn't dry your skin, fade your clothes, or redden your eyes. And at 3200 ppm it doesn't even taste salty.

Not really an open-water answer, but a saltwater pool might be worth checking out as an alternative.

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

(1676)

on June 05, 2010
at 09:01 PM

Yes, but no chloromines, which are the compounds that irritate eyes and produce the fumey "pool smell," and make trouble for asthmatics. Saltwater poolwater is odorless, tasteless, and silky--a real joy.

6b73f0c4b971e2dde7147920e329fe7f

(2041)

on June 05, 2010
at 07:41 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltwater_pool Saltwater pools use a chlorine generator

52cae90a114ca8f0404948e2b7ccb7ef

(1595)

on June 05, 2010
at 07:37 PM

saltwater pools are so nice.

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on January 31, 2011
at 07:58 AM

For technique look at total immersion - one of the best training programmes there is. The founder Terry Laughlin could probably change his diet :) - he's extra buoyant. Good swimmers are an absolute minority, don't look at this Movnat video for the swimming... that is the worst swimming tuition I have ever seen, blind leading blind.

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on June 05, 2010
at 08:06 PM

they have ozone pools as well. the gym in my town has one and its great. no chemicals!

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93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 05, 2010
at 07:33 PM

I have done quite a bit of open water swimming in the ocean, both in Northern California and Southern California. For example, my father and I did the Alcatraz-to-San Francisco a few years back.

Depending on how you do with cold water, the ocean might be a good fit for you.

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