Swimming pools for me bring back a lot of childhood memories of fun times outside with friends and family. But have you ever actually thought about how pools actually impact our lives in America? If not do not worry I have come up with valuable info that will have you rethinking about pools altogether. So let us get started below are the pros and cons about swimming pools.

Growing up in Georgia, we have a lot of hot summer days and the one thing we do to keep us cool is spending time at the pool. Pools have been a part of America for several years, so much so that it is now considered a part of the American dream. We all want to have the house, fenced in yard, dog, kids and a pool. Home owners that have a pool are viewed as the wealthy cool parents. Owning a pool can increase a  homes’ value and makes you a part of the social scene in the neighborhood. It can add a tropical landscape to your yard and set a relaxing vibe. When I was younger my neighbor had a pool and every chance I got I was over their house. Every outdoor event occurred at their home, be it fourth of July, birthdays party, or just because. I met most of my neighbors at these events, which shows you the significance this pool had in our neighborhood. People of all ages enjoyed themselves at that pool and we all viewed it as a valuable memory.

Although I stay in Georgia the next benefit still is a plus for us as well. Pools can be enjoyed year round if it’s an indoor pool or if you fancy cold water.  Typically when you have an indoor pool it comes with a Jacuzzi as well. This combo brings relaxation to a whole other level, there nothing better than to spend time indoors doing something you love and not having to worry about bugs, sunburn or heatstroke. Indoor pools are a hit all across America and are starting to be placed in recreational centers across the U.S.

Other benefits that pools bring are the opportunity to exercise while having fun. Did you know that you can actually burn approximately 300 calories just from swimming?  You can actually work out without equipment and receive the same benefits that a treadmill can give you. The best thing about exercising in a pool is that whatever the type of workout you do it will be low impact on stress to your body.

While we all enjoy the benefits of pools, there are still negative aspects about pools that we must go over. The biggest negative is a little disgusting, it is called bacteria. When you get in the pool everything that was on your body gets into the water, simple things like hair grease, sweat, or even more disturbing this like bodily fluids are floating around in the water.  Since pools are the social scene it is very likely that people from all different backgrounds, ages and cultures will take part so there is no telling of what you are actually swimming in. Did you know that most people do not even take a bath or shower prior to getting in the pool? So it is very likely that if you are getting in a pool with others you will have people in your group that will do this or that person may even be you!

On top of all that we have to remember that people may pee in the pool, especially younger children. That is why you must make sure to clean and sanitize the pool, which brings us to our next negative which is cost. Pools usually have gallons of water in it therefore you will need to have an efficient cleaning and sanitizing plan. There are some bacteria in the pool that are resistance to chlorine; Which is another thing that can impact your health, it is very common for people to be in the pool and accidentally drink the water. Just a tiny bit of water can be harmful to one’s health. This is a major reason why you should not cut corners on this topic because safety is another big concern you can have. Luckily First Coast Koi Club can help you identify what will work best for you with comparison charts that list all the pros of each product.

Safety in all aspects should be top priority. Let us look at another thing that involves people safety which is crowdedness. Usually you only have to deal with this at public pools and typically pools have posted signs with its pool capacity but this is still a big concern since people do not obey signs. Over crowdedness can endanger kids especially since you have more people around that are running and being careless.  With a crowded pool you have even more bacteria to watch out for. Outside of safety and health, crowded pools reduce the appeal of even  going to the pool. When the pool has several people in it it’s hard to swim or relax since you have to worry about someone hitting you or you hitting someone else. Having tons of people there makes it harder for life guards to be attentive to everyone in order to prevent someone from drowning. Try watching hundreds of people, even kids, and see if you will notice if one kid goes under water.

In conclusion, my hope is that after all that was written in this essay you are more aware of not only the risk but also the joy that pools can bring and how it has impacted my life and others.  American dream or not everyone has a memory involving a pool even if they are not actually able to obtain one themselves.  So the next time you get an opportunity to go to the pool do not forget to enjoy yourself and to “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”.


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