Code Breakers: It’s Cool To Pee In Pools?


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It’s one thing to pee in the shower: you can aim it into the drain, meaning nobody else has to ever know or deal with your bodily expulsion. But what about peeing in the pool? We know traces of piss will end up in other people’s eyes and mouths. But we’ve all done it. Is it a violation of the Code?

Well, former team USA swimmer Carly Geehr was asked whether Olympic swimmers pee in the pool. Her answer: “Nearly 100 percent of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Regularly.” And she’s a girl! We know that means the men are doing it even more often than she thinks.

And we say, hey, if elite swimmers are peeing in the pool, a place that is sacred to them, a place where they spend four or more hours per day, then surely we civilians can do it. “As a swimmer, you just have to accept that you’re swimming in pee,” Geehr continued. I think that should be the philosophy for anyone in a pool. We all know it’s happening. Better to accept it than to live in a fantasy world where we think that sorta thing only happens in the kiddie pool. Grow up!

So there you have it, official ruling: people who pee in the pool are NOT code breakers.

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Carl Williott (@cwilliott) lives in New York, where he stresses about keeping up with his RSS feeds.