Can black mould on my kit be affecting my health?

Yes

If you  have mouldy kit, you are more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies , conjunctivitis or asthma. Mould can also affect the immune system. It is important that a swimmers kit is taken from the kit bag at least once a month and inspected for damp and mould.

As we all know this kit generally stays in the mesh bag from one training session to another. It often stays damp particularly when your swimmer has multiple sessions in a day. The result is often mouldy snorkels and goggles, which can be potentially putting a swimmers health at risk. 

Cleaning regularly in a sterilizing solution and allowing to dry fully can help to minimize any risk.

See below for a guide on how to care for and clean your snorkel and goggles.

How to Care for  Swimming kit 

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