Is It a Bad Idea to Eat while in a Pool?


KEN KING Is It a Bad Idea to Eat while in a Pool? Dec 5, 2021
Is It a Bad Idea to Eat while in a Pool?

When you’re not swimming, a pool is a perfect place to relax and unwind, and you may be tempted to bring a few nibbles and treats or a satisfying drink with you to enjoy. As for whether or not you should do this, it’s generally discouraged. However, the actual answer can hover between yes and no, depending on the circumstances involved.

The Cleanup Factor

If you have kids wishing to grab some of their leftover lunch and head into the pool, it’s best to discourage them from doing so. In this instance, there’s a high probability you’ll have crumbs and other bits of food to clean up later. Your pool’s filters could also get clogged if enough edible things that don’t dissolve well get into your San Diego swimming pool.

The Practical Factor

It’s safe to assume you don’t want to get ready to use your pool again the next day only to discover soggy sandwiches and other leftover treats in the water. This is another reason to be cautious about being too free with eating in a pool, since it could mean less time actually spent using and enjoying your pool.

The Poolside Option

Swimming up to a tray of quick bites next to your pool isn’t the same thing as eating directly in the pool. In this case, most of the debris will likely stay on the side of the pool or, in this case, on the tray. This is an example of when eating “in” a pool can be okay, since it’s actually “by” the pool.

Staying Hydrated

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends adults consume anywhere from 11 to 15 cups of water per day. For children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends around 3–8 ounces of water every 20 minutes or so. Therefore, staying properly hydrated when getting in and out of a pool is another reasonable exception. In this instance, water can be consumed in reusable containers or plastic bottles placed by the pool.

Being Safe & Prepared if You Do Eat in a Pool

Because swimming and eating are both popular social activities, you don’t have to totally forgo having a few bites or sips here and there if you take some precautions. On a side note, it’s best to avoid alcoholic beverages when in the pool. If you do opt to have something to eat when using your pool, be safe and prepared by:

• Using inflatable, floating serving trays to contain related debris
• Setting up a poolside eating/refreshment station if you’ll be hosting a pool gathering
• Not resting anything too heavy on your stomach when you’re in or by the pool
• Regularly checking your pool’s chemical levels and being diligent about routine pool cleaning
• Having a separate area just for eating, like a nearby deck or patio, so the pool can just be for water play or swimming

The chance to enjoy food at poolside barbecues, brunches, and bashes is one of the most appealing aspects of having a pool of your own. When you’re ready to build a swimming pool for your family, reach out to the experienced pros at San Diego Pools. We’re the experts in pool design San Diego homeowners have trusted for more than four decades. Give us a call today at 888-707-7786 to learn how we can help you create the perfect design with just the right features that make your pool the one you’ve always dreamed of.