After years of "begging" for a pool, I have finally put down a deposit on a 24' round Radiant and I am beyond excited even though it may be July before the pool gets in! Due to some serious skin issues, I am also more than a little nervous about spending this kind of money and possibly not being able to swim in my pool. Let me explain.... I have a gorgeous 1.5 surface acre swimming pond (man made, aerated, but not a natural swimming pool so there's no filtration) that I swam in for years but at some point, I started itching like mad every time I got out of it (no, we don't now have ducks in our pond) - we're talking insane, claw your skin off itching! I started taking Benadryl every time I went in and that only took the edge off. Nothing else has helped. It takes a good 15 minutes for the itching to stop and it's so maddening that I very rarely swim now. We have a hot tub and I have no problems with that (we use the Carefee Spa system & no chemicals) so I assumed it was just something in my pond. However, I swam in the ocean last summer and had one of the worst spells I have ever had when I came out of there so now I'm really paranoid!
My thought is that there is something in the natural bodies of water that is bothering me and that the filtered water of a pool won't be an issue so I am keeping my finger's crossed. However, I do want to choose the best system to help me avoid potential problems. I went into this convinced I wanted a SWG as it would be more gentle on my skin but when I explained my reasoning to the pool guy, he started talking to me about ProTeam Supreme Plus. He said he had another customer who came in with the same sort of skin issues who, like me, really wanted a pool and was looking for something that would work for her. He set her up with the ProTeam Supreme Plus and it has worked out wonderfully for her (I'm getting her name and number) and she just has a regular system and not a SW one.
Has anyone else here experienced this sort of itching or do you know anyone who has? Do you think a SWG would be a beneficial addition? If so, why (pool guys always seem to want a reason, lol)? What other benefits are there to a SWG? (For example: Is the chlorine produced by a SWG a "healthier" chlorine? Does it allow for lower chlorine levels? Is it easier and/or less expensive to maintain? Etc.) And lastly (I think), what would you recommend for an SWG for this pool? Would a Hayward Aqua Troll RJ SWG work? I've pretty much maxed out my budget so I need to keep the cost of an SWG down, even if it means replacing it in a few years.
If you think I should post my questions to a different forum, please let me know! I've never had a pool before so I'm a total newbie. I absolutely LOVE to swim (hence, my user name!) and I cannot imagine going the rest of my life without being able to so I'm really hoping getting a pool and the right system will allow me to. Thanks in advance for your advice!