Whether seasoned pool owners or those folks who recently built their very first pool, we often get asked “what really is the best water temperature for swimming”. So, we decided to share with you some information we hope will help answer that question.
The perfect water temperature for your home pool should range between 77°(F) and 82°(F). However, some pool temperatures are allowed slight variations depending on the use of the water. For example; Olympic and competitive racing teams set a standard temperature between 77° – 82°, and divers typically work with a temperature of around 79°. It is believed that the warmer temperatures help the athletes bodied perform better. However, there is a danger of water being too warm, causing shock to the athlete’s body and even potential death. According to Swim University this was determined the case for U.S National swimmer Fran Crippen in 2010. The team were swimming competitively in an assumed water temperature of 84°(F), however many claim it felt more like 86°(F). Three swimmers were hospitalized.
Having your pool water too cold can also lend to a dangerous environment. There are a few interesting reports out there as to the precise that would pose danger. When reading an article from Livestrong.com we are told that exposure of 2 hours at a temperature of 60°(F) poses certain danger. Swim University warns that water temperatures below 70°(F) can very quickly drop your internal body temperature to a dangerous low. Both articles make the same point, and both speak to how this exposure effects internal organs. Of course, we have all heard of those who participate in the “Polar Plunges”, etc. Many of those folks will argue the effects of the frigid temperatures they are willing to endure for the “plunge”. Keep in mind these folks do not remain in the water for any extended period. On a “warmer” note, the American Red cross considers a temperature range between 83° to 86°(F) to be their ideal standard for swimming instruction.
We also found this interesting chart from the United States Water Fitness Association that give many great guidelines. http://www.uswfa.com/suggested_pool_temps.asp
In closing, we simply recommend doing some research yourself and find your ideal temp. Of course, if you are looking to add a heater to your pool, we can certainly help with that. Just give our office a call and discover your many options! Happy Swimming!