How cold of water will you swim in?

Newdude

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Because gramma likes 84-86 degree water, my pool snob grandchildren think 80 is too cold. What have I done?

We filled my pool with 55 degree water from the sprinkler pump. Had to fight the kids to get them out with legitimate hypothermia worries 20 minutes later. Now they dip their tootsies in the pool and walk away under 78 degrees
 
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EmmaApp

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May 29, 2017
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Lol in Houston we're considering end of season with ambient air of 88 and pool temp 83. The beginning of the season we tolerate cooler temps, then get spoiled during the summer. If we were more active, like the kids, we'd probably tolerate cooler temps. I'll probably go to 78 if I have to with the kids, hubs won't go lower than 80.
 

Jbrillo

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74-75 for me as long as I’m swimming laps. Higher 70’s if I’m relaxing. My kids were happily swimming in march in 70-something degree water. I imagine we can swim till November. Pool water is still in the high 80’s down here.
 

Newdude

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Lol in Houston we're considering end of season with ambient air of 88 and pool temp 83. The beginning of the season we tolerate cooler temps, then get spoiled during the summer. If we were more active, like the kids, we'd probably tolerate cooler temps. I'll probably go to 78 if I have to with the kids, hubs won't go lower than 80.
This. So much this. Early spring is all ‘Woohoo a pool’. Once fall hits its just ‘Meh’
 

setsailsoon

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Extend your swimming season with a 3 mil shorty wet suit... this time of year many dive shops have end of season sales. As you can see from all the different replies temp is mostly personal preference and depends on activity level.
 
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homegameroom

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My parents had an inground pool when I was growing up in upstate NY. It was well shaded, not heated, and never really got above 77 degrees. My mother, who never got in the pool further than her ankles, told us that the pool was "refreshing"!

Now I live in Florida and have my own pool - i tend to turn the heater on if the water gets in the low 80s. Friends of mine keep theirs at 90 - don't knock it until you try it! :snorkle:
 

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calinb

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Jul 18, 2018
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Last year, I took a swim at 60- degrees before I closed. I have to admit that even the 70s are not much fun. This year I won't be doing a pre-close swim. Our pool is already at 53 degrees and I'm keeping it open for a sulfamic acid copper stain process in progress. I only had two weeks above 65 degrees after adding the acid and HEDP sequestrant (started it at 74 and the water dropped to 65 within two weeks). The stains are very old and difficult to remove so I plan to continue running until the weather becomes unbearable here. I'm at week 4.5 and I think the stains are still fading, despite the cold water.
 

Dirk

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I feel I got ripped off this year. Pool season didn't really get going until July, and petered out end of September. We had a bad spring this year. Three-month pool season in Central CA!?! No fair. Maybe next year will be better. Oh, and that's WITH a solar heater doing what it could. I've gotten in at low 70s, but I have to be pretty heated up (bike ride or garden work). For me, when the pool is below 80, it's the getting out, not the getting in. When I get in cold water (goes for ocean, too), it's a battle of wills, but once I get out, and start to warm up, that feeling is the absolute best! Very refreshing, even if proceeded with a bit of pain. Not everything about a pool is about being in it!! :)
 

santacruzpool

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I jumped in our pool after soaking just my legs for 20 minutes or so in the cool water on Sunday - it was a refreshing 68 degrees in the pool with 72° air temp. My family thinks I am crazy.:crazy:

We are having another heat wave at the moment, so I might get some actual 70°+ swim time this weekend. The latest I have jumped in was the first weekend of November - this year that might be possible again.
 
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