Legacy YMCA Aquatic Center Newsletter, Issue 3

Time goes by so quickly, it’s hard for me to believe it’s time to publish the next newsletter. During the last week of September we had a few cold days here in Alabama; since then it has warmed back up, but I fear what will happen with the next cold snap. Our loyal water exercise enthusiasts will desert us. In an attempt to entice them to continue attending classes I have written about clothing options to help exercisers stay warm when the temps get cool.

The Legacy YMCA’s policy indicates you are to wear a bathing suit when using the pool; however, it is OK to layer on extra items to stay warm while exercising. Check out the links in this months newsletter to web sites that sell chlorine resistant warm-ups.

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My Swim Goggles

How to Apply Goggle Anti-Fog

Quick Start:

  • Squirt or spray anti-fog into your goggles, coating the entire inside lens.
  • Rinse your goggles (using pool water is OK) and then give them a shake.
  • Get on with your swim.


  • Carefully squirt or spray anti-fog into your goggles, coating the entire inside lens.
  • Give your goggles a quick rinse in the sink.
  • Position goggles with the insides of the lenses pointing upward and allow them to air dry.
  • Remember – keep your fingers off the insides of the lens!
Swimwear on drying rack

How to Prevent Swim Goggle Fogging

Why are my swim goggles fogging-up?

The fog you are seeing in your swim goggles is actually condensation. The condensation forms in your swim googles when your body heat climbs due to increased activity. Perspiration around your eyes raises the humidity inside the goggles, and then the colder water outside your goggles causes water droplets to form on your lenses.

Is there a way to keep swim goggles from fogging-up?

Yes, if you purchase high-quality swim goggles that are pre-treated with anti-fog coating your goggles should not fog-up. Read the product description to be sure the lenses are pre-treated.

Do you have any other advice for keeping my lenses fog free?

  • Don’t Touch Goggle Lenses: Keep fingers away from the inside of your goggle lenses or you’ll erode and smudge the anti-fog coating, causing it to lose effectiveness prematurely.
  • Use Anti-fog Spray: If your goggles are fogging, apply anti-fog spray to restore an anti-fog coating on your lenses. One product that gets good reviews is JAWS Quick Spit 1 oz. Anti-Fog Spray Formula, available on-line at Swimoutlet.com, Amazon.com and other water sport retailers.
  • Sloshing: Keep a little bit of water in each lens, allowing it to slosh across your goggle lenses as you swim. This is annoying, but will suffice in a pinch.

How does goggle Anti-Fog work?

Swim goggle anti-fog is a surfactant that lowers water droplet surface tension, causing it to spread easily in a process known as “wetting”. Wetting prevents water from scattering into droplets, so – no fog.

I’ve heard if you spit in your goggles that will keep them fog free, is that true?

Spitting in your lenses, followed by a quick shake, will temporarily abate fogging. However, repeatedly stopping your swim to fill your goggles with spit gets old – and attracts odd glances.

See more at: Keifer.com

My Swim Goggles

My Swim Goggles

UPDATE: 9/20/2015

After I  published this I did some additional research. What I wrote above pretty much sums up what all the professional bloggers say about preventing swim goggle fogging. I wondered if actual swimmers agreed, so I checked out a couple user forums. According to actual swimmers, these products do work for some, but there are inexpensive alternatives.

What Swimmers Say:

  • Buy the cheapest goggles that fit your face and replace often
  • Use a new or nearly new pair
  • Spit in goggles to keep them clear
  • Use baby shampoo. One drop in each lense, rinse with pool water, swim
  • Swim with a bit of water inside goggles
  • If you buy goggles with anti-fog coating:
    • Keep from touching the inside of the goggles for as long as possible – when you touch the inside you remove the coating
    • Don’t get the inside of your goggles wet with chlorinated water. It eats away the anti-fog coating
    • Re-coat lenses with anti-fog spray or drops, be sure to rinse them well as these solutions sting the eyes

So it appears to me the blog writers are attempting to drive traffic to on-line retailers that sell anti-fog products.

Julia’s advice:

  1. Buy goggles that fit comfortably
  2. Do not wet new goggles before use – put them on dry and swim
  3. Always rinse goggles well with fresh water after swimming
  4. Allow goggles to air dry before storing
  5. If goggles come in a carrying case, great – use it. If not, I suggest storing your goggles in an old sock to keep other items in your bag from scratching them and to allow some air flow

Once you start having fogging issues try the spit, or baby shampoo suggestions or do what I do . . .  I leave a little water in my gogles and let it slosh while I swim or I just put up with the fog. I wash my goggles with baby shampoo when I think they are dirty. I replace my goggles when they get enough scratches that I can’t see well.

Swimwear on drying rack

Work wear on drying rack

How to Wash your Goggles with Baby Shampoo

Before you swim:

  • Wet your goggles on the inside with tap water
  • Put a drop of Johnson’s baby shampoo on each lens
  • Swirl it around with your fingers and make bubbles
  • Rinse thoroughly with tap water but don’t dry your goggles
  • Swim

Why exercise in water? It’s easy on your body, it works and it’s fun.

What makes water exercise easy on the body?

Buoyancy: the upward pressure exerted by fluid – in other words, the opposite of gravity. It makes us feel lighter in the water and decreases the compressive forces experienced by the joints, including those in the spine. This makes aquatic exercise a low-impact activity.

The amount of benefit provided by buoyancy for exercise depends on the depth of the water. When you stand in water that reached your belly button you reduce the impact on your joints by 50%. Since the shallowest part of our indoor pool at Legacy YMCA is over 3 feet we are always experiencing at least a 50% reduction in the impact of our joints. When you move into water that reached your arm pits, you reduce the impact by 75%. Those hearty souls that work out in water that reaches their collar bone experience a 90% reduction in impact! Moving into the deep end to perform suspended exercises removes all impact from the joints but requires a suspension belt or noodle and a high level of self-confidence. In the water the body often tilts away from the upright position. Your feet and legs may attempt to float and tip you on to your face or back. You need confidence in your ability to maintain an upright position, or recover to one.

When working out in the pool, choose a depth of water that you feel confident in.

Why is it harder for me to jog in the water than it is on land?

Water molecules stick to each other causing the resistance we call “drag”. To push through these sticky molecules, your body must exert muscular force that is 12 to 15 times greater than the force needed when moving through air. Drag helps you develop muscular fitness. It also stabilizes the body and helps it remain upright, which makes the water a safe place to exercise for people with conditions that affect balance, because if you lose your balance in the pool, you will not fall and break a bone. (But you could wind up with your head under water.)

Are there any other properties of water that effect people when they exercise?

Hydro-static Pressure: Hydro-static pressure is the pressure exerted by a fluid to an object. The hydro-static pressure of water molecules creates equal pressure on all parts of the body, and this pressure increases with the depth of the water. This characteristic of water provides great benefits for persons with swelling due to injury, edema from pregnancy, or cardiac concerns. Specifically, any edema or swelling of a joint is decreased when the joint is under water because the fluid in the joint is forced into the capillaries by the pressure of the water against the body, so the fluid returns to the bloodstream. This benefit is more noticeable in the lower limbs because they are deeper in the water where the pressure is greater. As a result, for example, pregnant women see a noticeable decrease in ankle swelling.

The hydro-static pressure of water also aids in the efficiency of the cardiovascular system, thus making the pool a popular environment for persons recovering from a cardiac incident. Because hydro-static pressure causes constriction of blood vessels, the heart is pumping blood through a smaller area; as a result, it does not have to pump as often, and the heart rate decreases. Therefore, if you monitor your heart rate while exercising in the water, you may find fewer heartbeats even if you feel you are working more intensely.

Fall – A Time for New Beginnings

Well, I’ve had a fun and busy summer.

For nine weeks this past summer I worked as a Lifeguard at the Legacy YMCA and at Camp Fletcher. I would open the pool at the YMCA at 5:30 in the morning and watch the early morning lap swimmers and the aqua exercisers. I’d leave the Y around 8:30 and drive over to Camp Fletcher where I’d watch one troop of campers (around 11 to 14 kids) play in the pool.


That’s me in the lifeguard stand, bent over my rescue tube watching Superman flying into the pool. So fun to watch!

I’d take a long lunch break, then head back to the camp to watch ALL the campers swim for a couple hours in the afternoon. Most days we had between 35 to 50 kids in the pool, but one day we had around 75 people in the pool. Thankfully, I had a couple additional lifeguards helping me keep an eye on things.

Pool group swim - one of the smaller sessions

Pool group swim – one of the smaller sessions

Unfortunately, during the afternoon camp sessions I often spent too much time bent over my rescue tube sitting very still. By the end of the nine week camp session, my body was very stiff and I’d gained five pounds.

Now that Camp Fletcher’s season is over, I’ve come up with a couple new activities, both of them things I LOVE doing. I’m going to lead an aquatic exercise class and write a monthly newsletter (YMCA Aquatic Center Newsletter August 2015). The icing on the cake – I will get paid for both these things I love to do! ! ! !

Monday, August 24 at 6:45 pm I will start teaching “Deep Water Arthritis Exercise Class“. The class is not just for folks with arthritis, it’s for anyone looking for a low impact exercise environment to gain flexibility and strength.The bonus for individuals that do have arthritis is that the deep water helps reduce the pain and stiffness in their joints, along with helping them strengthen muscles and gain flexibility. Participants in this class need to be comfortable exercising in water that is over their head. My lesson plan starts with a brief warm-up in the shallow end, then we sit astride heavy duty swim noodles as we paddle to the deep end. Once in the deep end we will do flexibility and strength training exercises and hopefully have a lot of fun. After 20 – 30 minutes in the deep water we’ll ride our noodles back to the shallow end for a cool down some stretching and balance exercises.

I don’t know if I’ll be blogging much about my craft projects (who’s got time for crafts when there are lesson plans and newsletters to write!), but I’ll do my best to post some of my newsletter articles here for those of you that don’t get to stop by the Legacy YMCA and pick up a copy of the newsletter while attending my class.

Life’s better with water!