Hydralation (hi dra lay’ shun) – n. Acclimating oneself to a cold swimming pool by bodily regions: toe-t o-knee, knee-to-waist, waist-to-elbow, elbow-to-neck.
Summer is the best time for swimming, but not every body of water is going to a nice 80 degrees plus. Acclimating oneself to the water in that more cautious way is Hydralation. Instead of being brave and preparing yourself for the full shock by jumping in via cannonball, there are some who are not so bold, and they hydralate themselves , often making little uncomfortable noise along the way. The are little hisses and “Ooh! Cold! Cold!”, and variations thereof. Hydralation isn’t really the wrong or right way to get used to the drastic change from air to water temperature, but it does tend to take a bit longer than simply jumping in. In the ocean, hydralation is just part of the territory, unless you are jumping in from the side of a boat. The beach sort of makes it impossible to not hydralate into the water. As for lakes and pool, they can be chillier, and some Hydralation is required, especially in those zero-entry swimming pools, or those wave pools commonly found at water parks. No matter how you immerse yourself, enjoy getting out of the heat in the most basic of ways, and remember your sunscreen.