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When can I go swimming?

There are two factors that affect the timing.

First is the type of swimming

  • Being splashed accidentally while your children swim/play (4 weeks)
  • Casual lounging or cooling off in water briefly without submerging (6 weeks)
  • Swimming for exercise with submersion (3 months)
  • Prolonged submersion with snorkeling/scuba diving (3-6 months)

Second the type and cleanliness of water

  • A clean, well-maintained and chlorinated pool with being splashed accidentally (4 weeks) causal lounging or cooling off is ok at 6 weeks
  • A pond, beach, gulf or open water - 3 months regardless of activity
  • Hot tubs are the dirtiest of all, even when they’re well maintained, so 3 months minimum