Arthur Rourke pining for the pool: the risks of swimming

The water of a public pool, as we all know, is generally infested with a plethora of bacteria, urine, saliva, and a multitude of other filthy things that needn’t be considered. Yet we all indulge in the recreational activity of slipping on our swimming trunks, lathering up with some soap, and diving head first into a local pool, with the knowledge that we probably shouldn’t.

What we often forget is that pools aren’t just for swimming. For some people, who don’t have readily available access to the necessities of life, such as clean water on a daily basis, public facilities such as swimming pools offer them a chance to get clean. They simply need to bypass security, shrug off their homeless poncho and dip into the pool while their filthy bodies are purified by the abundance of chlorine we so often take for granted.

Unfortunately, the same thing that attempts to clean the pool is often added too liberally and causes blindness in lab rats, undesired bleaching of the hair, and excessive red-eye resulting in parents asking how much marijuana you’ve be smoking. These things are the negative drawbacks to trying to be an aquatic enthusiast.

The pool does give some positives to the people who use them. If you are fortunate enough to have access to your own private pool, you probably don’t appreciate it, and it goes unused for weeks on end. You selfish bastards. For the rest of us suckers, who gravitate towards these festering cesspools, we can gain greater cardiovascular endurance, better overall health, and of course, that bleach blond look without a trip to nearest hair salon.

Anyway you slice it, pools can have some positives. Most likely though you’ve given thought to the fact that some young child has slipped some fudge into the pool, or at the very least doused the water with some “lemonade”. Whether you want to continue to subject yourself to the filth that is present in these places is your choice. Maybe you’d be better off swimming in your bathtub. Maybe you’re feeling a little more daring and would care to take a dip in Lake Ontario.

However you choose to indulge in the act of swimming, remember that you’re taking a risk. Whether it be drowning or contracting a disease, you take your life in your own hands when you take a dip. Perhaps you’d be better just hanging out by pool, rather than jumping in.


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