Old wive’s tale on winter swim is tossed out the pool
Posted on July 30, 2018
Myth busted – swimming in winter and getting your hair wet won’t increase your chance of getting a cold.
The news will come as a surprise to some after a recent survey found more than 50 per cent of people believe the old wive’s tale.
“The idea that having wet hair in winter increases the chance of catching a cold has been around a long time however, we were shocked to learn 50 per cent of people really believe it,” Kingswim centre manager Joanne Franklin said.
“Most winters see a drop in the rates of children in swimming lessons, a concern considering how detrimental skipping lessons in the winter months can be for a child’s ability and confidence come summer.”
When children take to the pool the opposite is actually true – it helps boost the immune system and decreases the chance of getting the flu. With summer around the corner, keeping children swimming through the winter also helps their skill acquisition and retention.