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Swim meet night: How will you beat the heat?

It’s a swim meet night for many parents in our region, and with temperatures expected to be in the 90s through late afternoon, there’s no doubt it’s going to be hot.

The thing about swim meets is they bring a crowd to the pool, but only about six people at a time can actually get in the pool. That leaves a lot of time where you need to get creative about getting cool.

While kids can run around in bathing suits and dump water on themselves, all the adults who are timing, judging, scoring and lining up kids are likely to be sweltering.

So, if you’re a parent headed to a meet tonight, what are you going to do to stay cool? How will you keep your kids cool?

Here are a few tips:

Don’t wear cotton. A synthetic material that dries quickly is going to do a lot more to keep you from boiling in your own perspiration.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It sounds so obvious, but make sure the kids are drinking big bottles of water all day as they’re resting up for their races. Then bring plenty of water and ice to the pool this evening.

Bring cold snacks. Icy watermelon cubes, fruity popsicles and frozen grapes are going to do a lot more for you tonight than salty snacks will. They’ll provide added water, whereas added salt will leave you thirsty.

Coordinate shade. If your team hasn’t done this already, make sure parents are talking to each other about bringing tents and other shade provisions that can shield you from the sun. Bring cards, games and other things that will keep kids in the tent, so they don’t overhead running around a playground or outside area.

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