Minimum Equipment List for Swimming
- Ear plugs
- Towel (if not provided by the facility)
Additions for high-chlorine pools
- Swimming cap
- Nose clip
- Swimming-specific shampoo/shower gel and conditioner (I like California Baby: vegan and cruelty-free)
- Possibly: nasal rinse post-swim
- Possibly: fluticasone fuorate nasal spray
Additions for quantification of effort
- Watch (currently, 2018-07, Suunto 9)
- Chest strap HRM compatible with watch
Additions for ease
- Ameo Powerbreather
Additions for openwater swiming
- In the case of exposure: wetsuit, neoprene cap, neoprene gloves
- Possibly: Speedo Nemesis fins
- Tinted Goggles
- Swim buoy, potentially with food/drink
- Tell someone swimming area, expected in-time, and when expected to return
Dealing with the side-effects of high-chlorine pools
Side-effect: dry, itching skin
- Soap twice with swimming-specific wash
- Moisturise effected areas post-swim
- In exteremis, apply petroleum jelly to susceptible areas to reduce chlorine/skin contact
Side-effect: heavily blocked nose
Probably chlorine-related reaction.
- Blow nose.
- Rinse nose as soon as possible with saline.
- Apply fluticasone fuorate nasal spray as directed.
- If necessary, apply decongestant, such as oxymetazoline HCI 0.05%, although this can cause rebound congestion, so keep as a last resort
- Wear nose clip for next swim