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Choosing the Correct Swimwear

Choosing Swimwear for Individuals with Continence Challenges: Tips and Advice

Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise and recreation, and it can be especially beneficial for individuals with continence challenges. It's a low-impact activity that's easy on the joints, and with the right swimwear and preparations, you can enjoy the water with comfort and confidence. In this guide, we'll provide you with essential tips and advice for choosing swimwear that caters to the needs of both children and adults dealing with continence challenges.

Select Appropriate Swimwear

Choosing the right swimwear is crucial for those with continence challenges. Look for swimwear that offers adequate coverage and support. There are various options available.

Avoid using traditional pads, as they can absorb water and become a potential drowning hazard. To ensure the best fit, measure your waist and inner legs accurately, as each swimwear product will have size guidelines.


Integrated Swimwear

Some swimwear options are designed to look like regular bathing suits but have additional waterproof layers built in to contain any accidents.


Underneath Swimwear Pants

These garments are worn underneath your regular swimwear and usually feature Velcro closures around the legs and waist, providing an extra layer of protection.


Disposable Swimwear

Having dispobable swim nappies to hand can be a real benefit. Long term they are much more expesnive that reusable ones and integrated swimsuits and trunks, but they have their place. Ideal for holidays where washing may be tricky.

Test for Assurance

For added peace of mind, once you've selected the swimwear and are satisfied with the size, try wearing it in a warm bath to encourage a bowel movement. This test will help ensure that the swimwear effectively contains any potential accidents, keeping the pool environment clean and hygienic.

Visit the Restroom Before Swimming

Before entering the pool, make an effort to use the restroom. This simple step can help maximize your comfort in the water. The warm environment of the pool can relax your bladder, reducing the chances of accidents during your swim.

Choose a Convenient Changing Space

After your swim, opt for a disabled changing room if available. These facilities offer more space, making it easier to remove your swimwear without added stress. If you're using disposable swimwear, these rooms typically provide bins for easy disposal. For those using reusable swimwear, bring along a waterproof wet bag to seal everything until you can attend to it at home.

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