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Freezing temperatures, ice on the deck, frosty breath - everyone in the pool!

http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/1221SwimOut21-ON.html

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Er... is that healthy? I suppose it depends on how long their practice sessions last. I would think hypothermia would be a concern.

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The air temperature is really not all that relevant.

Yes, it'll be uncomfortable when you are out of the pool but "(t)he pool at Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club is 87 degrees." So we're not talking about air temperatures below freezing and water temperature just above freezing.

Swimmers don't usually spend much time out of the water during practice.

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Yeah, but their heads probably spend quite a bit of time out of the water - listening to instructions, breathing...

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quote:
Originally posted by LeaflessMapleTree:
Yeah, but their heads probably spend quite a bit of time out of the water - listening to instructions, breathing...

You would be surprised at how warm the layer of water on their head will keep their head when it is out of the water. The heat capacity of water is much greater than air. In fact, I would suspect that it isn't the air temperature that makes you feel cold but the heat lost as the water on your head evaporates.

Ive been swimming many times in heated pools when the air temperature was near freezing. It really isn't that bad until you get out of the pool. Even when your head is out of the water it takes a while to really notice how cold it is, and a quick dunk underwater quickly fixes that.

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Were they swimming in a heated pool? If so, I missed that part, I was under the assumption that they were just swimming in a regular non-heated pool.

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quote:
Originally posted by jimmy101:
quote:
Originally posted by LeaflessMapleTree:
Yeah, but their heads probably spend quite a bit of time out of the water - listening to instructions, breathing...

You would be surprised at how warm the layer of water on their head will keep their head when it is out of the water. The heat capacity of water is much greater than air. In fact, I would suspect that it isn't the air temperature that makes you feel cold but the heat lost as the water on your head evaporates.

Ive been swimming many times in heated pools when the air temperature was near freezing. It really isn't that bad until you get out of the pool. Even when your head is out of the water it takes a while to really notice how cold it is, and a quick dunk underwater quickly fixes that.

I've never been swimming when it was colder than around 45F, but I second this. The water feels great, and you don't notice the cold air once you're in the pool. And hopefully you have a dry person go into the locker room and turn on the showers and then hold the door open for you to run right from the pool to the shower.

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I've never gone swimming outdoors in cold weather, but sitting in a hot tub on a cold night with snow falling is wonderful.

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