You’re diving into the water, feeling all the joys of being in the ocean. The next thing you know, you’re being dragged out of the water gasping for air. The water in your tank is very cloudy, the visibility is poor, and you can’t even tell how deep the water actually is. What happened? You probably got shocked from the electric current running through the pool’s water channel. This is something that can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. So if you’re a scuba diver or plan on taking a dip anytime soon, here are a few things you should know and consider before you get underwater and lose your hearing and your memory.
Learn About Electric Shock
Most pools are fitted with an electrical outlet near the water pump (or in the case of a wave pool, near the shore line). This is where the main power enters the pool. The electricity from the outlet will flow through the water until it reaches the other end, where it is then dispersed along a wire mesh or similar device across the pool. This is where the shock usually happens. When you get hit with the electric current, you will feel a shock, but it will not hurt the human body. This type of shock is different from the type you receive from an electric fence or other similar sources. The electric shock from a pool is not dangerous to humans, but it can be quite irritating, especially if you’re not used to feeling it. If you are not prepared for the shock, you will feel a tingling sensation along with muscle spasms. If this happens to you and you’re not wearing a conductive outfit, like rubber gloves or boot socks, you will burn the skin on the inside of your cheek. The best thing you can do for yourself, and others around you, is to simply learn to like the feeling of the electric current running through your body and to prepare yourself for it. Once you’ve gotten used to it, you’ll wonder why you ever got off the pool deck!
Protect Your Bikini
If you’re going to be in the water, you might as well go all the way. That means taking your bikini off too. When you swim in the water with just your two-piece, you’re asking for trouble. Apart from the shock you receive from the current, there is also the issue of overheating. The temperature of the water can become quite high when the sun is directly overhead or when you’re near the heat source at the pool’s edge. If you’re not used to the heat, you might suffer from heat illness, which is a leading cause of death among people who work in the heat. There are ways to prevent this kind of heat-related illness. One of the best ways is by taking frequent breaks and avoiding exposure to the sun directly. If you have a fear of getting sick or burned, you might also want to consider swimming covered up. However, when you are in a public place like a pool, having your bikini on is pretty much mandatory. You don’t want to show your skin, and you definitely don’t want to scare anyone with a weird look on your face. It’s not very attractive when you’re trying to enjoy the swim. Besides, what’s the point of having a bikini at all if you don’t intend to go swimming?
Drowning Is Always A Concern
Drowning is always a concern when it comes to water sports and recreation. It sounds obvious, yet many people forget about it. If you’re going to be in the water regardless of whether it’s cloudy or crystal clear, you might as well make sure you don’t end up in the depths of the pool. This is where the main problem lies. Once you’re in the water, there’s no way to tell how deep it is, and there’s no way to tell how long you’ll be in there. The best thing you can do for yourself and others around you is to pay attention. Be aware of your surroundings, how you plan on getting out, and how long it will take to do so. Another important thing you can do is to have a plan B in case the plan A turns out to be impossible or too much effort. We all like to have adventurous dreams and thoughts, but being in the water is not the same as actually doing it. You must always keep this in mind.
Make Sure Everyone Is Aware Of Your Condition
If you have a condition that makes you more susceptible to getting shocked by the electricity in the water, it’s important to let people know about it. This is not something that easily goes away, and it might even be dangerous for those around you if they don’t know what’s causing it. Shocking each other is one thing, but hurting someone because you didn’t know what could happen is quite another. Make sure everyone is aware of your condition and that you’re okay with getting shocked by the pool’s electricity. This is quite a common condition among scuba divers, and it’s something that should be brought up with the person you’re diving with in case they don’t know about it and it shocks them while you’re underwater. In a nutshell, make sure everyone knows what your condition is before you dive in and let the fun begin!
Choose The Correct Outfit
As mentioned earlier, part of the problem comes from not knowing how deep the water really is. This is why it’s important to choose the correct outfit for the occasion (if it’s not already too late). Take your pick from among the various types of waterproof/breathable diving/wading suits available, and make sure you put it on correctly. Your skin should be completely covered, and you should not be able to feel any water. If you can, there’s either a hole or a malfunction somewhere. The most common cause of this is not putting on the suit properly or wearing it incorrectly. It’s also important to check for leaks every few minutes while you’re underwater just to make sure everything is still holding and that you’re not losing any moisture. Most importantly, make sure the person helping you put it on knows what size and how to adjust it, as you may not be able to do it yourself if you’re not used to wearing heavy clothes. Your skin should not be covered by more than an inch of water, and if it is, there’s a problem and you should get out as soon as possible.
Think About Adaptors And Chargers
It’s always great when technology helps solve problems. In this case, the problem is that some of the devices you might need to get through to retrieve your stuff from the depths of the pool are not designed to work in conjunction with one another. This is where adaptors come in. These are devices that allow you to connect various parts of your electronics to one another (like the power supply of a fan and the screen of a digital camera). Most often than not, there’s no need to buy new devices, as most of the time, there are compatible adaptors available that can be purchased for a lower cost than the retail price of the individual devices. Make sure you have these with you in case your electronic devices do not fit comfortably together.
Consider Other Swimming Pools
Do you have a problem with another pool nearby that you feel is better than the one you’ve got? Consider moving to another pool. Better yet, build your own pool! You can design it to be any shape or size you want and can even put in the correct lighting and landscaping to make it feel like an outdoor pool. There are several reasons why you might want to build a pool. You can train for a competition, you can enjoy the feeling of being in the water regardless of the weather, or you can save money on pool chemicals and supplies by doing it yourself. Just make sure you put in the time and effort to make it good enough to enjoy the experience. If you have a lot of space, you can even add another level and start planning for a kids’ pool. The sky is the limit!