How many times have you heard phrases like “if you swim during winter you will get a cold”, or “you shouldn’t swim during winter because you will get an ear infection”? These are some of the most common myths around winter swimming lessons that are completely false. Besides ensuring consistency and year-round practice, swimming time during the winter (at a heated, indoor pool) can help prevent seasonal blues and will keep the body and mind exercised and happy. The team at Davina’s Swim House is debunking 5 myths about winter swimming:
You Will Get a Cold If You Swim in The Winter
It is a popular myth that cold weather equals getting a cold, and for some, it gets worse if your hair is wet after swimming. But this is completely false. Common colds are caused by viruses, which are transmitted from person to person. You can catch a cold, or the flu, by having contact with a sick person, or by touching an infected surface. The temperature outside, or in the pool, is not related to an increased risk of coming down with an illness. As long as you are prepared for the weather conditions after being in the pool (winter coat, a beanie, gloves) you will have no problems at all. In fact, swimming during the winter will keep participants physically active, which translates into a stronger, healthier immune system.
Winter Swimming Gives You Ear Infections
Coming from a similar place as the previous myth, it is commonly believed that ear infections are caused by swimming during winter, but this is also false. The most common ear infections are caused by viruses or bacterias. It is not related to temperature. Children are more prone to getting ear infections during the winter because they do not have a fully developed immune system, and ear canals can get blocked as a result of a cold or flu infection.
“Swimmers ear” is another common type of ear infection that even though it is usually related to water, it can also be caused by injury of the ear canal (q-tips, scratching). Not related to outside temperatures, this type of infection can happen at any moment of the year.
You Should Only Learn To Swim in The Warmer Seasons
Stopping swimming lessons because winter has arrived is a decision a lot of people make because they think they don’t need to keep swimming, and lessons can resume once the weather gets nicer. However, pausing lessons for the winter months means halting progress, and this, especially for children, can set them back a couple of levels, and sometimes, even affect their confidence and attitude around water.
There is also the belief that if you want to swim in the summer, you should take swimming lessons during that season. We have another proposal, how about swimming during Winter and Spring, so when the nice weather arrives there will be no problems or insecurities with swimming plans?
No Places To Swim During Winter
Even though swimming is not associated with winter, you will discover that during those cold months there might actually be lots of contact with water. It could be because you travel to a warmer country that offers swimming experiences in the ocean, lakes or pools. Or maybe you will visit an indoor water park or pool. Feeling safe around water will be key in any of these situations.
We know that during winter all outdoor pools are closed, and most people will not go into cold water swimming. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of indoor options for swimmers to continue practicing their strokes, or for people looking for a fun, full-body exercise that will keep them active during the cold months. Davina’s Swim House offers two indoor heated pools in Toronto and year-round swim programs for all ages.
There Are Other Seasonal Sports That Are More Important
Swimming is not considered a winter sport, and when you think of things to do during this time of the year it is not an activity that immediately comes to mind. However, it is a perfect complement for other sports, and it can easily be turned into an all-year activity.
Swimming in the winter shouldn’t be any different from doing it any other season. Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean swimmers will get sick, or that it should be suspended. One of the many benefits of swimming is that it can be done throughout the year, it exercises mind and body, and it’s a lifetime skill that will keep you safe around water.
When you swim at Davina’s Swim House, the water will always be welcoming and at the perfect temperature. Now that we have debunked these myths, it’s time to register for some swim lessons. Let’s build confident swimmers, one splash at a time!