It's no secret that school-age children love swimming pools. Especially in the summer months, there are few things kids enjoy more than spending an afternoon in the water at a community pool. But did you know that a swimming pool in your school can also provide health and wellness benefits to your staff and students as well?
Administrators may shy away from the idea of a school pool as a potential maintenance snag, but for those willing to take the plunge - not to mention those whose school already has a pool - diving deeper into pool benefits can be a refreshing experience.
How pools can keep health and wellness afloat
Swimming pools are a great way to provide year-round exercise for students of all ages, whether it be competitive swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming or merely splashing around having a good time. A well-maintained pool at your school can encourage students to participate in physical activity, augment existing physical education programs and provide an important social outlet for kids who can engage in a variety of pool-based activities after school as well. On top of it all, having a pool in your school can encourage kids to learn how to swim, which is an important life skill for any child of any age.
You may be surprised to know that it's not just physical benefits that pools provide - Chicago Now reported that children who swim, especially during younger developmental years, have demonstrated improved physical and academic performance and development over children who didn't take regular dips.
Don't drown in maintenance
Of course, any administrator interested in a school pool should be aware of the maintenance requirements to keep it in good order and to keep it safe for students. The Epoch Times outlined some maintenance basics, such as ensuring that the pool area itself - the deck - is kept free of obstructions to prevent tripping. Also, pay close attention to the lights, filters and any other mechanical or electrical components in the pool. These are sealed to keep water out, so if you notice any cracks or bubbles, this is cause for immediate corrective maintenance to lower risk of electrocution.
Keeping the pool clean is important for student health and safety, and typically, chemical cleaning agents are used. These should be stored in a dark area and sealed tightly to prevent spills and leaking fumes. Also, make sure to only use the recommended amount of chemical cleaners such as chlorine to prevent skin and eye irritation.