Choosing the right Swim School
Learning to swim is an extremely important skill, especially here in Australia where surf, sea and sand make up a huge part of our lifestyle. When choosing a suitable swim school most parents look for clean, safe and functional facilities, a good curriculum, staff credentials, class availability and pricing however often fail to consider the importance of water quality when making a decision.
We all have different priorities but I think it’s safe to say that every one of us finds the health of our family at the top of the list. With this in mind, let’s look at some reasons why you should also consider asking about the sanitation system in place and how facility management are active in their duty to meet health standards.
First and foremost, poorly maintained water can be hazardous to your childs health. Even a supportive parent cheering on the sidelines can be adversely affected with respiratory discomfort if adequate ventilation is not provided within indoor facilities. Does your child complain of red itchy eyes or dry skin following a trip to the pool? This is not a something you should ignore or accept as standard practice as it can be completely avoided. Sadly, not all public pools comply with regulated water standards and in a lot of cases just don’t have the adequate equipment to maintain those standards, especially those that have a high volume of bathers.
Basic Sanitation – Chlorine
We all know that chemicals such as Chlorine are added to pool water to provide protection against bacteria etc. however when Chlorine reacts with pollutants such as Ammonia (from sweat and urine) it creates by-products called Chloramines. Did you know that it is these Chloramines, (not Chlorine) that are the direct cause of odours as well as eye, skin and respiratory irritations?
Basic primary sanitation systems struggle to remove these nasty Chloramines from the water and are also rendered useless against parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia which have become immune to Chlorine at standard dose rates.
So what are your options?
Look for a swim school who has invested in a secondary sanitation system such as Ozone. If you are fortunate enough to live near a swim school that has, here is a short explanation of why you are lucky!
Ozone (O3), also known as ‘activated oxygen’ is composed of three Oxygen atoms and is a naturally occurring oxidiser that protects our planet in the atmosphere. If you drink bottled water, odds are it has been purified by Ozone.
How does it work?
Following injection into the water Ozone will safely oxidise organic material, impurities, bacteria and virus. Ozone will not create an unsafe chemical residual as once it has oxidised pollutants (3500 times faster than Chlorine), breaks down into simple Oxygen which leaves the water noticeably softer and crystal clear. Ozone is also remarkable due to the fact that it will effectively destroy Chlorine resistant parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia which are known to cause severe gastric illness. At the very least, this means that you no longer need to worry about your family being exposed to high levels of Chlorine as when using Ozone, Chlorine levels can be dramatically reduced.
So if you are not 100% happy with the water at your swim school, why not recommend they contact us. We can definitely help them, and your childs health will be the ultimate beneficiary.
Desire the same technology to protect your kids at home?
Below are a couple of Ozone Swim news stories highlighting how Ozone technology within backyard pools is changing the lives of everyday Australians.
Channel 7 News story
Channel 9 News story
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