What is the Perfect Pool Temperature for Swimming?

What is the Perfect Pool Temperature for Swimming?

What is The Perfect Swimming Pool Temperature?

From Swim University

Everyone prefers a different water temperature.  If you think about a couple that are constantly fighting over the heating and air conditioning temperatures inside a house, then you will realize that nearly everyone has a different comfort level at different temperatures.  When it comes to the optimal swimming pool water temperature, there are ideal ranges for different activities.  So says this post from Matt Giovanisci from Swim University in this informative post. 

Here is an excerpt from the post:

When The Pool is Too Hot

The 2012 London Olympic pool raised some questions when the sweltering summer heat caused the temperature inside to reach a sweltering 90 degrees (32°C).

When asked about the heat, the British and U.S. teams just “shrugged off” the worries. Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary took the slight temperature shift in stride, according the the Guardian UK. For speed swimming, slightly warmer temperatures are optimal.

Olympic racing and FINA events mandate a water temperature between 77 – 82 degrees (25 – 28°C), whereas synchronized swimming requires an 81-degree (give or take a degree) pool.

For diving, the temp is set to a temperate 79 degrees (26°C).

When pool temperatures are warmer, it allows the athletes’ bodies to perform at maximum endurance without causing shocks to your system, although too warm can prove dangerous. Dr. Kenneth Kamler, sports medicine expert explained to CNN that if the water temperature is too hot, the trapping of body heat can cause muscle spasms, which in turn can be fatal as the swimmer doesn’t always realize this over-exertion is occurring.

In 2010, the world learned a painful lesson when U.S. National team swimmer Fran Crippen died because the water was too hot. Officially, the water was 84 degrees (29°C), but many swimmers said it felt more like 86 (30°C), and many complained of swollen limbs and disorientation. Three were hospitalized.

Dr. Michael Bergeron, a heat/hydration expert told CBS news that, just like other sports, the temperature surrounding a swimmer has a lot to do with body heat dispersion. Although the medical field has done quite a bit of research on cold-water exertion limits, not a lot has been done on the impact of hot water on athletes.

When The Pool is Too Cold

Click here to read the entire post