Dancing with Water

This Summer’s Guide to Getting it On in the Water

Written by Rhiann McNally
Photography by Haley Kigbo


Summer is well and truly upon us. As much as Australians love doing the sweaty deed in a hot and stuffy bedroom on a 30-degree night, many would rather get it on while enveloped by the cool water at a beach or in a pool.

Unfortunately, getting hot and heavy in bodies of water is not always the safest option. That’s why we thought it was important to give you an essential guide to getting it on in the water.


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Dirty Sex in Dirty Water = Bad Idea

While having sex in water sounds like the most natural thing, the vagina is a delicate ecosystem and unfortunately, there’s no way to shield your vagina from taking on water.

Even the most pristine beach is bound to have bacteria lapping at the shore. If you’re prone to yeast infections sandy beach sex could result in an infection and irritation.

Rivers, creeks and lakes can be full of nasties. A travel health expert told Traveller, "[Leeches] have a particular propensity for buttocks and private parts.” Ouch! So, best to avoid dipping your naked junk in water known to be home to those suckers.

It’s best to pay attention to local notices after storms as heavy rainfall can result in polluted waterways.

Even pools with chlorine can still harbour bacteria and can affect your natural pH levels. Hot tubs, while very sexy in a cliché 1980s sort of way, are renowned for causing all sorts of infections.

On the other hand, if a little risk gets you hot and bothered, the likelihood of contracting a water-borne disease is negligible, just be smart about it.

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Water Dries You Out & Won’t Lube You Up

Water is not recommended as a lubricant, and it has a knack for washing away your natural lubricants. Getting wet everywhere is not conducive to getting wet down there.

Unfortunately, having sex in water can have the same effect as having dry sex. It can be uncomfortable and can result in little abrasions, which will sting like fuck if you’re getting it on in salt water. The chlorinated pool is not much better and could irritate those little tears.

So, it’s important to grab that lube before diving in. If you’re after the best lube for water play, silicone-based lube will work best, as water-based lube will just wash away.

Water Sex Can Reduce the Effectiveness of Condoms

Because of the lubrication issue, condoms can become compromised during your water sex fest. Friction is increased and can result in a torn condom.

So, if you plan on taking condoms on your adventure, remember to grab the lube too. Remember oil-based lubes can damage condoms, so stick to silicone.

There are a few myths about having sex in water and pregnancy. Of course, you can certainly get knocked up from going at it underwater without a condom. But you cannot get pregnant by swimming in water that contains some dude’s ejaculate.

If you’re swimming in a pool filled with only ejaculate, sure the risk increases, but if that’s your weekend, you should really be on the pill.

And remember, the risk of STI transmission is the same whether or not you’re doing it mermaid styles.

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Shower & Bath Sex is Safer, but Beware

After reading all the risks of sex in pools, hot tubs, the sea and rivers, you may be considering just sticking to your nice clean bathroom.

But, the bathroom is notoriously dangerous, thanks to its hard tiles and slippery floors. The last thing you want to do is knock each other out by slipping on some errant soap or lube.

Common sense will save you from an embarrassing sex injury plus there is even a whole range of products to make shower and bath sex easier and more enjoyable.