Dreads and swimming pools

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  • Hi all


    I don't like swimming pools and have not been in one since I have had dreads (over a decade) however I want to sign up for a course that might involve me having to spend a couple of hours in a pool.


    I don't want my hair being attcked and smelling of chlorine for ever so I thought I would ask what other people's experience has been


    Paul

  • You can buy swimming caps for dreadlocks :)

  • Tips for conquering chlorine...


    http://www.health.com/beauty/chlorine


    Not a clue if they will work with dreads but it may help your skin. Some days after being in the pool from 9 - 6, I felt like I had been rubbed all over with sandpaper. 4 years after I have stopped being in the pool for long hours my skin is still really dry.



    Er......what do you mean you 'don't like swimming'?


  • It was don't like swimming pools, gotta agree, 0.001% chlorine 10% piss!

  • I used to go swimming in the local pool with dreadlocks , they did smell a bit chloriney , but not as bad as some things I have had in them , and I reckon the chlorine might sterilise them a bit .
    What would put me off swimming pools now is that the pool was in a sports centre and there was a climbing wall there and I got a part time job there as an instructor , one of the other instructors also worked in the pool as a life guard , he said they were always having to shut the pool as someone had pooed in it , and if they could not fish the plop out with a net , then a member of staff had to go in and catch it, as it was unfeasable to drain the pool !

  • I used to go swimming in the local pool with dreadlocks , they did smell a bit chloriney , but not as bad as some things I have had in them , and I reckon the chlorine might sterilise them a bit .
    What would put me off swimming pools now is that the pool was in a sports centre and there was a climbing wall there and I got a part time job there as an instructor , one of the other instructors also worked in the pool as a life guard , he said they were always having to shut the pool as someone had pooed in it , and if they could not fish the plop out with a net , then a member of staff had to go in and catch it, as it was unfeasable to drain the pool !


    I remember one child had diarrhea in the pool I was working at. As it was a private pool I was responsible for the clean up job. It was not one of my most happy experiences.


    It's not people pooing in pools, in the many years I worked in and swam in pools I only saw that a handful of times, it is the scum channel. Which is literally named, that makes me gag. The only pools that don't have them are deck level pools where the water is right up to the edge. The lifeguards have to go in and clean the damn thing. It is basically, the general accumulated yuk, other than hair which sinks and gets caught in vents, that is accumulated from lots of sweaty bodies in water, think of the ring you get round a bath tub if you haven't cleaned it and you have been in it a bit sweaty or mildly grubby, then multiply that by say 20 bathers to 1 guard minimum, average person is in about an hour or so, pool is open 7 till 9 = 14hrs 14 x20 = 280 bathers (fair enough as some times, like school/public lessons have far far more than 20) That is a big ring on a big bath to clean....
    One pool I knew never cleaned theirs, my aquafit class and I scratched 'clean me' in the grime as it made your swimsuits yukky. Complained and basically got - 'whats a scum channel' I cleaned it.


    I still love swimming.

  • er... yeah, it isn't the chlorine that makes your eyes sting and go red. Honestly. Wear goggles.


    I had a friend who's job was testing water quality (Severn Trent , drinking water mainly) he tested his local baths , he took a sample of water in to work to test...his reaction to the bacteria and pathogens is not printable!

  • I think I am just going to avoid the pool and do my training in the sea


    Paul


    Um...don't know what your beach is like I've only ever seen Doc Martin....I know what ours is like.


    Just go to the pool early in the morning, the early sessions are quieter, less pee, and often cheaper.

  • I remember one child had diarrhea in the pool I was working at. As it was a private pool I was responsible for the clean up job. It was not one of my most happy experiences.


    It's not people pooing in pools, in the many years I worked in and swam in pools I only saw that a handful of times, it is the scum channel. Which is literally named, that makes me gag. The only pools that don't have them are deck level pools where the water is right up to the edge. The lifeguards have to go in and clean the damn thing. It is basically, the general accumulated yuk, other than hair which sinks and gets caught in vents, that is accumulated from lots of sweaty bodies in water, think of the ring you get round a bath tub if you haven't cleaned it and you have been in it a bit sweaty or mildly grubby, then multiply that by say 20 bathers to 1 guard minimum, average person is in about an hour or so, pool is open 7 till 9 = 14hrs 14 x20 = 280 bathers (fair enough as some times, like school/public lessons have far far more than 20) That is a big ring on a big bath to clean....
    One pool I knew never cleaned theirs, my aquafit class and I scratched 'clean me' in the grime as it made your swimsuits yukky. Complained and basically got - 'whats a scum channel' I cleaned it.


    I still love swimming.


    Not at all surprised about this, my council leisure centre where i once lived was actually a school pool as well but the worst part of it was the changing and shower facilities were insufficient for the throughput of users and most people used the gym or played squash till they were hot and sweaty and go straight into the baths without showering.multipy that by 1200 kids usimg it weekly it put me right.off.I went there once then found a small private gym.with its own pool.
    Cant afford such luxuries now so i dont go.

  • I think I am just going to avoid the pool and do my training in the seaPaul


    Yeah I believe salt water is very good for them. I can't see how chlorine would be especially cause you can't rinse them as easily as normal hair afterwards. If you do have to go into a pool you could make a large dread man bun on top of your head an try to keep them dry..

  • Yeah I remember a guy did a pee in one but it had a chemical indicator that changed colour so he could not claim it was not him.




    From Wikipedia



    Urine-indicator dye
    Urine-indicator dye is a substance which is supposed to be able to react with urine to form a colored cloud in a swimming pool, thus indicating the location of people who are urinating while they are in the pool.[1] A 2015 report from the National Swimming Pool Foundation called this "the most common pool myth of all time", with nearly half of Americans surveyed by researchers believing that the dye existed.[2]


    Rumors of this chemical's existence go back at least as far as 1958,[1] and the story is commonly told to children by parents who do not wish them to urinate in the pool.[2] A 1985 biography of Orson Welles describes him using such a dye as part of a prank in 1937,[1] and references to the substance can be found through popular culture over quite a lengthy time period. However, such a dye does not exist, and although a chemical could be manufactured that would react with urine, it would be difficult to prevent it from reacting to other organic substances present in pool water.[1]


    A few companies capitalized on this urban legend by creating professional pool signs that warned that the pool was indeed being monitored with the chemical called "wee alert" or a similar catchy name.[citation needed]


    Acesulfame potassium has been used to estimate how much urine is discharged by swimmers into a pool.[3] In a Canadian study it was estimated that swimmers had released 75 litres of urine into a large pool that had about 830,000 litres of water and was a third of the size of an olympic pool. Hot tubs were found to have higher readings of the marker. While urine itself is sterile, its degradation products may lead to asthma.[3]


    In an episode of Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete & Pete ("Splashdown"), a substance called "Wee-Wee See" is used to catch a pool-peeing perpetrator.


    The 2010 film Grown Ups and the 2011 film Take This Waltz both feature scenes in which the chemical is featured as if it were real.

  • 75 litres worth is a lot of people who wee'd in the pool ...really glad i dont use swimming baths.Ok I know the sea isnt that clean in some places but eeew dirty bastards...


    That's roughly 150-175 people who have peed in the pool...god folks are disgusting!

  • Exactly ...I mean if you were to go down the street and piss on everyone (which is essentially what youre doing) one or two people gonna give you a good smack in the mouth for sure.
    Pisss in your own bath or shower fine ...but pissing in public baths FFS