Summer and warm weather months are everyone’s favorite time for swimming – it’s just a great way to cool off and have fun. But did you know winter is a wonderful time to stay active with swimming, too? Many parents keep their children away from pools and the water during cold weather months, which is a shame because fears about swimming in cold weather are overwhelmingly the product of misinformation.
Here are some of the top cold weather swimming myths:
Most colds are caught in winter. False, and easily provable. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that most colds are caught in autumn and spring, not winter. Why? Because the infectious agent that causes the common cold is dormant for a large part of the cold weather months – the name “cold” is a bit misleading, which leads us to…
Swimming during winter leads to more ear infections. In actuality, as noted above regarding colds, many of the infectious agents that cause ear infections are dormant during winter months. Ear infections from swimming are no more likely in cold weather than they are any other time of the year.
Wet hair or temperature changes cause colds. This is an old one that our mothers told us, and it’s simply not true. Numerous studies from health organizations around the world, including the American Lung Association, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the CDC have found there’s no link between wet hair, or going from warm pool water into colder air, and catching cold.
Swimming in cold weather makes you more prone to fatigue or drowning. While you definitely want to stay away from excessively cold water, swimming in a heated pool is fun and comfortable regardless of the weather outside.
So what’s the takeaway from dispelling these cold weather swimming myths? Use the same common sense and swim safety techniques you would in summer. Go ahead, get into the pool, and enjoy yourself! Texas Swim Academy offers Fun Fridays every Friday evening from 4 – 6 PM. Parents and students can spend some quality time practicing swimming skills and enjoying our indoor heated pool.