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Why can you tread water longer in an ocean than in a swimming pool?

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2008-12-14 17:10:19
2008-12-14 17:10:19

You can tread water longer because your body is more bouyant in the salt water. You don't have to work as hard to keep afloat, so it takes longer to get exhausted to the same degree. However, another factor must be taken into consideration, and that's temperature. The colder the water, the more energy must be expended to stay warm, so the more quickly the swimmer will become fatigued.

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