- If you have any kind of sex in open water, make sure all players are good swimmers.
- Check here for sex in public.
- Water washes away natural lubricants (from the body).
- Water degrades latex.
- Oil based lubes degrade latex, as do other oil based substances like sunscreen, tanning lotion, bath oils, bubble bath, soap and shampoo.
- Silicone lubricant is the best to use as it is not water soluble (will not be washed away in water).
- There has been little research into the effectiveness of condoms underwater. That said, it seems silicone lube on a latex condom is the best.
- As it is water-resistant, silicone lubricants may be difficult to wash off (your body, clothes, sheets).
- Make sure condoms/gloves are put on dry skin.
- It is a lot more likely a barrier will slip off; holding it in place will decrease this risk.
- Any kind of penetrative (front or back) sex in water containing chlorine or bacteria makes abrasions, irritation and infection a lot more likely. High risk: thrush, UTI. This risk is higher for people with a vagina.
- For sex in shower/bath: invest in a nonslip mat. Having something to hold onto is also a plus (like a bar installed).
Our complete safer sex guide is here.