To think that adult only swimming, should be for swimming and if your main intention is to socialise you should perhaps meet for coffee instead?

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D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 09:29:25

I don't normally go to the morning session, I have children who need walking to school, so go to the evening session or just in the middle of the day (free swim, rather than adult only swimming, but most people with littlies stay in the small pool, leaving the main pool fairly quiet). I went to the morning session today and was irked to find groups of elderly folk, standing around in circles in the middle of the pool chatting, meaning I and others were forced to swim around then and into each others lanes. They were taking up just over two lanes, with their little social group.

What they seemed to be doing was swimming half way up the pool and then stopping to chat, in semi circle across the first two lanes, they'd chat for about 10 minutes before completing their lap, upon which they would spread out across the back of the pool, again across tow or three lanes, meaning that I felt I either had swim around them, again heading into other lanes or had to end my lap before the end of the pool and turn back without reaching the wall, otherwise I'd have ended up smack bang in the middle of their little social gathering. They'd then swim back to the middle of the pool about 10 minutes later and start all over again.

Now, I appreciate that some people are not fit enough to complete a whole lap in one go and may need to rest, but it is polite to move against the side of the pool to do this, instead of taking up a quarter of the pool, no? I have no problem with people who want to improve their fitness and need to do this, in fact I applaud their efforts. It was not that long ago that I could barely do one whole lap, without resting.

These people when they were swimming were swimming 6 a breast, very slowly, while nattering away, taking up 5 out of 8 lanes between them. Again it was difficult to swim past them because of how close they were to each other. I have no issue with needing to overtake people who are slower than me normally, I am not the fastest swimmer in the world myself. But this, imo, was taking the piss.

When a second group of elderly folk got in and started doing the same, I got out early as I felt I was no longer able to enjoy my swim, I was spending 60% of my time avoiding interrupting their social gathering.

I appreciate that elderly folk have a right to a social life and should be encouraged to be more active, but AIBU to think that this particular group pf people would have been better suited to meeting somewhere for breakfast, or going to actually swim and then go for breakfast to socialise afterwards?

UtterflyButterfly Mon 22-Jul-13 09:33:18

Oh yes, this is a pet hate of mine. I call them 'the biddies' and they drive me berserk. My heart sinks if I see them in the pool , but I think I've worked out the optimum time to go to miss them.

They wander about the changing room gossiping too, getting in the way and spending hours monopolising the hairdriers.

Helltotheno Mon 22-Jul-13 09:33:58

I'd be pissed about this. There needs to actually be room for people to do uninterrupted lengths, especially if lanes are cordoned off. I'd have said something to the lifeguard on duty or someone in charge.

In my pool, there are maybe two lanes cordoned off for people doing lengths and the rest of the pool is mixed use but is used a lot for lengths too. You get your people chatting but at least they usually have the decency to do it at the wall!

Sirzy Mon 22-Jul-13 09:34:38

As annoying as it is YABU. They have as much right to use the pool as they wish as you do to use it your way.

cheerfulweather Mon 22-Jul-13 09:35:16

If it's free swim, it's supposed to be slightly more informal I think. I remember experiencing impatience from the lane swimmers whilst teaching, my non-lane swimmer at that stage, DC how to swim (no dedicated child pool available). Though we had every right to be there.

Irritating for you perhaps. But the adult swim session is best for uninterrupted lane swimming.

IvanaCake Mon 22-Jul-13 09:37:13

Yanbu at all. I've recently given up on swimming because its impossible to actually swim!

EvieanneVolvic Mon 22-Jul-13 09:37:19

Is this thread kind of a retaliation on the part of young (ish) yummy mummies who get crticised for monopolising Costbucks with their buggies?

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 09:38:35

There were two lanes cordoned off but these seemed to be for very serious swimmers and I don't feel like a very serious swimmer yet, but the lanes are marked on the bottom of the pool and most people were trying to stick to just one lane, of course there was more than one person in each lane, sometimes with different abilities, so there was the need to over take or be over taken but as there was only one person to overtake at a time, this was quite simple to do.

EvieanneVolvic Mon 22-Jul-13 09:39:29

They wander about the changing room gossiping too, getting in the way and spending hours monopolising the hairdriers.

My goodness: asbo time! Seriously Butterfly just how impatient/intolerant can you get?

Helltotheno Mon 22-Jul-13 09:41:27

But if lanes are cordoned off, lanes are for swimming! Otherwise they shouldn't have them. That's why I mentioned my pool having two lanes and the rest free swimming. A whole pool taken up with groups of people (old or young, immaterial) chatting in the middle of it?? Ridic imo. What's the point, why doesn't the pool just throw that session open only to that group of people and be done?

cheerfulweather Mon 22-Jul-13 09:42:11

If there were lanes cordoned off for lane swimming then I'm afraid yabu. Don't begrudge the pensioners their swimming/socialising time.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Mon 22-Jul-13 09:42:30

There's people at my pool who come to the lane swimming sessions, do about 6 lengths and then stand around chatting for the rest of the hour.


Why pay to get into the pool, get into your kit and get wet just so you can chat? Is madness!

I've also started noticing the women who swim breast stroke with their head up so their hair and make-up stays immaculate. They stop when others swim past them so the don't get splashed..!

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 09:43:26

This is the adult only swimming session, cheerfulweather. The free swim starts straight after it at 9am.

EvieanneVolvic Mon 22-Jul-13 09:46:20

Apologies just occurs to me that you were possibly being ironic/satirical....doh!

level3at6months Mon 22-Jul-13 09:49:04

YANBU, it irritates me too, but then my DP always says I should ask for another lane to be put on, and he's probably right. Don't be worried about going in a lane. It isn't always super swimmers who use them.

cheerfulweather Mon 22-Jul-13 09:50:20

Again, if there are dedicated lanes cordoned off, you had the option to use those. I'm not a super swimmer and I use them.

chrome100 Mon 22-Jul-13 09:51:12

YANBU. It's a pet hate of mine. I go to the morning lane session at my local pool. It's full of old people - they are absolutely lovely and I adore them all, we have great chats in the changing room and most of them are there to do laps. but some of them stand around at the end of the lane chatting and it drives me mental. I don't mind them chatting, but they should do it out of the water or somewhere it doesn't obstruct swimmers.

NoComet Mon 22-Jul-13 09:52:09

You just have to choose your times or your pool.

Lunch time lengths, with all lanes is for swimming. Other times there is a lane to be serious and a wide bit to meander and chat.

Ladies only is very chatty. I stopped going because on lady just would not shut up and let me swim.

I refuse to find the groups annoying, because I know how important getting some exercise is for older ladies.

The difference in health between my DMIL, who walked and rode and DM who would never waste the time or money doing anything for herself was tremendous.

badguider Mon 22-Jul-13 09:54:13

I think you need to man up and get in with the 'serious' swimmers smile
If you feel there isn't enough lanes or they're going to fast, ask the pool for a third cordoned off lane for slower lane swimming.

I agree it's annoying but if you want to lane swim you really do have to use the cordoned lanes, that seems to be the convention pretty much universally.

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 09:59:18

Lots of people were trying to lane swim in the main pool, the cordoned off lanes were people in proper speedo cossies, with swim hats and goggles swimming at eleventy million miles an hour, so I assumed the main pool was for the less speedy swimmers.

I can swim faster than I was doing, so maybe wouldn't get in their way too much, but I was hoping to build up my stamina before working on my speed.

I'm working day and night for the next two weeks, so the morning session is the only one I can make. The evening session seems to be folk around my age who want to swim.

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 22-Jul-13 10:01:32

We called them the Grippers! Used to paddle for a bit, then grip onto the side and chat.

Feeling your pain!

Latara Mon 22-Jul-13 10:01:46

It is annoying so YANBU but YABU not to use the lanes - if you want to swim uninterrupted (as I would) then you are a serious swimmer.

cocolepew Mon 22-Jul-13 10:22:32

I've just started back at swimming and have had pool rage every time I've gone! My gripe is men who plow up and down lanes regardless of anyone else trying to swim.
I'm easily annoyed grin

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 11:04:25

Oh yes, coco, we had one of those today. He had the proper speedos and swim cap combo on and was ploughing up and down my lane without looking. I decided I would swim my damn hardest and over take him at one point, just for the hell of it (I used to swim for our town) His face when an overweight lady in a turquoise, diamante'd cossie and non streamlined ponytail over took him was a picture and I was bloody knackered but it was worth it

EBearhug Mon 22-Jul-13 11:12:55

I would ask for a 3rd lane to be cordoned off.

At my current poole, there are lanes for fast, medium and slow swimmers. This gets over the worst of the slow chatters, as they're left in the (double) slow lane.

I do wish some people doing lane swimming would learn some lane discipline, though. If you're slower than the people behind, it's polite to stop at the end and let them go in front, not just plough on regardless at your not very fast speed. And it's nearly always men who do this (though not always.) It's something I'm quite aware of, as my current fitness levels usually means I'm one of the fastest in the medium lane, but a bit too slow for the fast lane unless I'm pretty much sprinting, which I can't keep up for more than a couple of lengths.

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 11:18:42

Would they just do that? Cordon off another lane? I would feel very cheeky asking that blush

arabesque Mon 22-Jul-13 11:24:02

YANBU. This drives me nuts as well. My mum, who is a pensioner, finds it seriously annoying too. If elderly people want to take exercise, use the pool. If they want to gather around for a chat use the jacuzzi or the coffee shop. It is very unfair to stand around gossiping while people are trying to use the pool for it's intended purpose ie to swim or do some form of aqua exercise.

Twattybollocks Mon 22-Jul-13 11:26:18

This used to do my head in. I used to go to the ladies swim session, which had 3 lanes so about half the pool, and the rest open for non lane swimming. There used to be about 3 serious swimmers in the fast lane doing butterfly, crawl, backstroke very fast, so I avoided that. In the other two lanes there were about 6 pairs of ladies treading water they were swimming so slowly, whilst gossiping. Why not go into the open bit if you want to chat? I just wanted to get in the pool, swim as many lengths as I could in the hour I had, and then get out. I'm not the worlds speediest so could only manage about 60 lengths in an hour, but was still doing 4 lengths to their one length.

motherinferior Mon 22-Jul-13 11:26:44

I am filled with loathing for pretty well everyone else in the pool, I must admit. The chatters and loiterers, though, take the biscuit. I am v fond of both chatting and loitering, but not when I'm pounding up and down the pool 60 times.

GibberTheMonkey Mon 22-Jul-13 11:28:13

I have a friend who goes to stand in the pool. She chats because it eases the boredom. A coffee shop would defeat the object as she goes to help her joints. She can't swim because of the joints but the water helps ease the pain.
She doesn't stand in cordoned off lanes though to my knowledge but she does go when there aren't children as she can't cope with them too.

bearleftmonkeyright Mon 22-Jul-13 11:35:06

I would definitely ask for another lane to be cordoned off. Our pool does swimfit sessions. You can work to a tailored program and build up your stamina. I started in January and could barely do a length front crawl. I have had some adult tuition, as well as swimfit and can do 40 length now. Public swims are just not always feasible for improving. I got so much advice about developing my stroke from swimfit.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 11:36:00

Ask for a slow lane. The worst that can happen is that they say no - but lots of places do have three lanes (or a single fast lane and a double width less fast lane which allows for overtaking).

If that fails, try to take position next to the lane rope and swim it determinedly - if the chatterers are there say 'excuse me please' from a little way off but keep swimming! (and a cheery thanks when they've shifted).

Mumoftwoyoungkids Mon 22-Jul-13 11:43:11

ebearhug I feel your pain. When I used to go swimming regularly it was a busy session with two very full cordoned off lanes (a medium and a fast). There was a bloke who was really quite slow who used to go in the fast lane. And he never ever stopped at the end. Ever! Even the time when I had started overtaking him 10 m from the end and then had to drop back as there was someone coming the other way.

I have to admit I didn't keep to the "try not to splash people's faces when you overtake them" etiquette that time I overtook him.

And then three lengths later I was back in the behind him tailback agan.

Op - use the lanes. That is what they are there for. (And I say that as a speedo girl.) but have some consideration. Try and work out which is the slower lane and use that. If not use the quieter lane so it is easier to overtake. And most of all stop at the end for a few seconds to let people overtake.

Thymeout Mon 22-Jul-13 11:50:47

Lanes cordoned off are a relatively recent innovation in the lifetime of the people you are complaining about. They probably have no idea how much they are irritating you. In the past, people did actually go to pools to enjoy being in the water rather than steaming up and down to meet a target. Swimming was a fun, social, leisure activity undertaken with friends.

It seems a bit UR to me for you to expect to use the uncordoned off part of the pool for lap swimming. Ask for another lane to be reserved for serious swimming.

parasaurolophus Mon 22-Jul-13 11:52:37

I have to avoid "women's only swim" for this reason. There are several women who breast stroke up and down all the time having a chat. Their hair and make-up remain perfect. I don't begrudge their swim, but they take up too much of the pool by swimming side by side and chatting.

ChippingInHopHopHop Mon 22-Jul-13 11:57:23

I think many of you are missing the point about why some people go to the swimming pools. A lot of people (more so elderly people, but not only the elderly) suffer from joint (& other) problems and the weighlessness of being in a pool really helps. The way they want/need/choose to use the pool is no less valid than anyone else's. A lot of those people also can't cope with the bussle/noise of children - so yes, the time they want to use the pool is the same time as semi-serious swimmers want to use the pool. If it's not working for you, the way you want to use it - then ask what can be done so you can all enjoy the session.

HeirToTheIronThrone Mon 22-Jul-13 11:59:42

YANBU AT ALL. I hate this, DP and I go to the same gym and refer to them as 'the women'. It's even worse as I swim before work and they're still there, yacking away at 6.30am when you just want a quick quiet swim... I go in the lane to avoid them, but it's not a big pool and their chat is really echoey wherever you are.

specialsubject Mon 22-Jul-13 12:19:19

as you go past, kick and splash like mad. They should get the hint, and can hardly complain about getting wet in a swimming pool.

(BTW don't actually kick them, tempting as it may be)

arabesque Mon 22-Jul-13 12:25:12

There should probably be three divisions in a pool: a fast lane for really good swimmers, an ordinary lane for people who like to swim lenghts, but at their own pace and with a breather every now and then, and a slow lane for people who want to walk up and down the pool or do exercises at the side.
People standing in groups in the middle of the pool chattering away should be asked to get out.
And it's not just elderly women who do this; young guys are regular culprits at my gym.

SueDoku Mon 22-Jul-13 13:28:15

This thread appals me - I don't think that I've ever seen such a collection of naked ageism on any MN thread. I love visiting the swimming pool, but I'm not fit and anyway, I've never had any desire to just plough up and down - if you want to do this, use the lanes. Read this thread back to yourselves and substitute 'young mums' for 'elderly people' - and then see whether you still think that these are acceptable views to express.

This is really horrible - as Thymeout said, people used to go to the pool for social reasons and to just simply enjoy being in the water; I'm not sure when this 'Get out of my way old people' attitude took hold, but really - believe it or not, you'll be my age one day angry

motherinferior Mon 22-Jul-13 13:36:06

Oh, in my case it's not ageism. I swim three times a week at 7am in the company of people who are aged up to 91. They are all splendid swimmers. We all get on very well. In fact it's Young People Chatting that particularly piss me off.

The swimming pool is actually there for, you know, swimming. In fact IME it's quite ageist to assume that older people aren't swimming. My 7am compatriots are bloody good swimmers.

Sallyingforth Mon 22-Jul-13 13:47:12

Yes, it's really tough that other people don't want to swim as fast or as slow as you. Even worse that some are old or even young.
I think we should all demand personal lanes.

arabesque Mon 22-Jul-13 13:54:33

It's not people swimming 'too slowly' that annoys me, it's people who just stand in the middle of the pool in groups chatting.They get in people's way and make it impossible to use the pool to actually swim (which is it's main purpose). If people want to exercise or ease their joints they should stay at the top of the pool. If they just want to chat they should sit at the benches provided, use the jacuzzi or steam room or meet for a coffee after they've done their swimming or exercise. A swimming pool is not meant as a 'socialising, meet up' type place and never was, unless you're thinking of those 1950s high school films where teenagers headed to the pool to sit around in skimpy shorts and flirt with boys! smile

Sirzy Mon 22-Jul-13 13:55:21

Exactly chipping. Just because people want to/need to use the pool in a different way to you doesn't mean they are in the wrong for wanting to do so.

SueDoku Mon 22-Jul-13 13:55:30

I take your point mother - good luck to you and your friends, you sound fantastic. Maybe it's because I grew up in a large town, where the 'baths' (and yes, the slipper baths were still operating at that time - ancient eh?) was only open in the summer - in winter they put a sprung floor across the pool and held dances..!

There was no chance of swimming there, as it used to get so crowded that you could have walked across the pool without getting your feet wet grin. We were given a coloured wristband as we went in, and every 30 mins a whistle would blow and the attendant would yell, 'Red/blue/green/yellow armbands out NOW' - so that they could let more people in <Ah, the good old days> wink

The idea of swimming lengths was only for people who could afford to join the Swimming Club and attend their exclusive sessions - the rest of us just paid our 4d entrance fee and enjoyed playing in the cool, clean(ish) water. I suspect that a lot of others that are my age had similar experiences - the pool was for socialising, not just swimming, and I still look at it like that... smile

motherinferior Mon 22-Jul-13 13:56:10

It's got nothing to do with age.

What I do rather hope is that when I am (even) older, I am as fit as the people I swim with at 7am. Which requires genuine exercise, not just loitering around and then feeling mendaciously smug about "having gone swimming".

motherinferior Mon 22-Jul-13 13:56:40

Sorry, Sue, that wasn't to you, my post above!

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 13:57:09

There should be room in a full-size pool for everyone. It's perfectly valid to want to use a swimming pool for purposes other than swimming laps, but everyone needs to be considerate. It sounds as though the people in the OPs case - who could just as easily have been young as old - aren't being very thoughtful of other people's needs. They may just need a polite 'excuse me please'.

arabesque Mon 22-Jul-13 14:00:04

Actually, on Friday it was my 78 year old mother who was glaring at two guys aged about 19 who were strolling up and down the pool chatting instead of swimming and getting in her way.

SueDoku Mon 22-Jul-13 14:04:36

That's okay smile

EBearhug Mon 22-Jul-13 14:06:03

(BTW don't actually kick them, tempting as it may be)
I was doing backcrawl once, and my arm went rather wide, and I accidentally hit a bloke going the other way on the other side of the lane, right where it would most hurt him. Not sure which of us was most embarrassed, though I do know he was in more pain.

Timing can make a lot of difference to how much space you have - if I go at 07:30-08:00ish, it's pretty busy, but if I can leave it till after 08:00, I can often get a lane to myself, and as I don't have to be in work till 10:00 most days, that's best.

NewAtThisMalarky Mon 22-Jul-13 14:09:14

AIBU to think its lengths, not laps?

Surely a lap would be swimming all the way around the perimeter of the pool?

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 14:11:23

>AIBU to think its lengths, not laps?
people use the terms interchangeably smile

ImperialBlether Mon 22-Jul-13 14:14:04

I thought a lap was both ways.

NewAtThisMalarky Mon 22-Jul-13 14:14:13

TY. Just googled and there seems to be a bit of disagreement as to whether a lap in a pool is one length or two.

I've always thought a lap was all the way around a circuit.


motherinferior Mon 22-Jul-13 14:15:03

I bloody love the older people I swim with. They are wrinkly, not madly glamorous, and look quite old...and then you realise they're a good decade or more older than that. A testimony to the effects of exercise.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 14:15:34

I always think a lap should be there and back - for the purposes of this thread it doesn't really matter though you nitpickers

monicalewinski Mon 22-Jul-13 14:15:44

I am filled with loathing for pretty well everyone else in the pool

YY Motherinferior, I get ragey with the (always) men who barge up and down without a thought for anyone, the chatty chatty people, the families playing with their children and pretty much anyone who isn't swimming at the exact same pace as me in an orderly fashion!!

That said, if I am at the pool with the kids I then hate the people swimming lengths, as the pool is clearly mine and mine only!!

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 14:18:12

Everyone is a bit wrinkly and not madly glamourous after swimming a few lengths grin

When I was growing up the elderly ladies weren't so much in the pool.... they were in the sea, all year round! I think some of them had realised the secret of longevity was to pickle themselves in brine!

NewAtThisMalarky Mon 22-Jul-13 14:20:05

Well Grimma, you are right, it doesn't matter for the purposes of this thread.

But it really wasn't worth starting a new thread about either!

FTR I was curious rather than trying to nitpick!

GibberTheMonkey Mon 22-Jul-13 14:54:06

Lap is two lengths
There and back

Hence it not just being called a length

Nicknamefail Mon 22-Jul-13 15:02:28

My husband and I refer to 'rolling roadblocks' - the people who swim very slowly 2 abreast in the pool, usually in the middle, chatting, and tut when you overtake them. Dh swims very quickly and once got into a row when he was doing fast lengths up and down the pool next to the side and an older man got in in the middle of the length and started to swim up and down the sude edge as well and dh nearly collided with said gentleman. The man shouted at my dh for not looking!

cocolepew Mon 22-Jul-13 15:10:45

You know who else annoys me? Teenagers/young men jumping in. Our pool is deep in the middle so you always have to watch out for the idiots landing on you

There was three lanes cordoned off when I went last week and the life guard told me if I wanted to swim lengths to go in there. There was two others doing it and then five minutes later a man dived in 'my' lane and started to plow up the pool. He then shouted at me for being in his way hmm.

josephinebruce Mon 22-Jul-13 16:11:00

It's called a swimming pool for a reason :-)

YANBU it is annoying.

Almost as annoying as the fact that the only pilates classes at my gym are at 10am and so anyone who works can't go!!!

riskit4abiskit Mon 22-Jul-13 16:24:21

well what does my head in are those people who hog the Jacuzzi for ages and ages - always middle aged, and spread out their legs so that only themselves and their 3 friends can sit in. it says 15mins max on the wall people!

also, people who leave their clothes in a cubicle in the 'changing village' instead of putting them in a locker so no one else can use the cubicle while they are swimming.

then, the men who come out of the sauna and have the pool side shower - turn their backs to the pool and pull their swimwear out of their bum cracks - nice (unless they look like john snow, when this is acceptable, nay desirable)

Also aggravated by all mid-pool loiterers of any age - stop standing still you dickheads! (slow swimming is permissible).

in case i sound like a right grumpy pants - I DO love seeing kids playing with parents - they can splash as much as they like - it doesn't bother me!

and breathe....

arabesque Mon 22-Jul-13 16:27:54

Yes, why is it always men who jump into the pool, despite the signs forbidding this? You never see women doing this. Do they think it looks more manly than climbing down a ladder?

In my gym there are always a few guys who seem to live in the jacuzzi, staring at all the female women as they come in and out of the dressing room. It's really horrible and I wish there was some way they could be stopped.

arabesque Mon 22-Jul-13 16:29:08

Sorry 'females'.. Female women???? grin

Pixel Mon 22-Jul-13 16:37:53

I've also started noticing the women who swim breast stroke with their head up so their hair and make-up stays immaculate. They stop when others swim past them so the don't get splashed..!

Sorry that's me, but nothing to do with hair and make-up, it's just that I panic when water goes over my face blush.

Despite my rather desperate breaststroke I still swim faster than a lot of people, but not well enough for the fast lane so I'm doomed to try and do a quick length when there is no one in my way. Hence I don't mind the old codgers stopping to chat as long as they stay at the edges of the pool!

What I really hate is the men who swim along under the water so you don't know they are there and then pop up right by you. Or there was one who would always disappear underwater when I approached. After a while it started to get a bit creepy hmm.

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 16:42:56

I have no idea what the technical term is for laps/lengths etc. I was referring to a lap as swimming up and then back down again, straightaway, although for the first 15 minutes I swam continuously, considering that three months ago I could barely do a length without feeling like I was going to drown or die of heart failure half way up the pool, I was very proud of myself grin

After 15 minutes the old folk turned up and kept getting in my way angry

I might try and go earlier next time.

There were two biddies that always used to go to the family swim and do old lady breaststroke in flowery swimming hats up and down so tough luck for any children attempting a width. angry

theoriginalandbestrookie Mon 22-Jul-13 17:03:24

We have those too sparklingbrook, although to be fair they aren't old ladies.

Other day DS and I arrive at the pool, two lanes available - one fast, one slow. Three people in the pool, one dutifully swimming her lengths down the middle of the family swim area. Another person arrives once we are in and, you guessed it, decides that the family swim area is the best place for their lengths.

Meanwhile DS is trying to play with the floats, but instead of enjoying himself freely, I have to spend my time telling him to get out of the way of the length swimmers, so as to be polite. I can't speak to them as it feels awkward - but surely they can see that they should not be in this area. Not the first time it has happened either. Grrr next time I will speak to the warden.

motherinferior Mon 22-Jul-13 17:08:59

I am going to be one of those length-swimming old ladies. I am an equal opportunity hater. Kids doing widths invoke my wrath as much as anyone else.

Really, I find anyone else in the pool, with the occasional exception of the Inspiring 7am Codgers, quite maddening. I am possibly being unreasonable about this, I will fully concede.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 17:12:26

Widths and lengths really are hard to accommodate at the same time.

Anyone who is quick enough to use a lane should use it (esp if there's only one or two other people in it).

And anyone who wants to do backstroke needs to come when the pool is pretty much deserted!

motherinferior Mon 22-Jul-13 17:13:22

Anyone who isn't me, I have decided, should clear off.

Fillyjonk75 Mon 22-Jul-13 17:21:48

Perhaps they need three lanes for swimming, then another called "standing around and chatting" lane. Or make it clearer what different sessions are for.

I mean, when I used to go swimming with a friend from the age of 11+ we did very little actually swimming and just used to to socialise, go down the slide, do handstands. But this was in a free for all family swim type session, no-one was actually trying to swim around us. We wouldn't have turned up at a serious swimming session to do handstands or chat in the lanes. The more aged should have the same sense and respect.

theoriginal that's exactly it. It's like they were doing it to prove a point almost. They wouldn't stop and let anyone past. Really annoying, and how they fit
in at 'Family Swim' I don't know. confused

cocolepew Mon 22-Jul-13 17:25:32

My dad takes me and the DDs to a privately owned pool on Saturday mornings. Just us for a whole hour, it's bliss smile.

crashdoll Mon 22-Jul-13 18:46:44

Swimming pools are not just for swimming lengths or laps or whatever the fuck you want to call them. confused Swimming is great exercise for disabled people or unfit people building it up. I keep out of the way of lanes but I don't see why I should move so you can plough up and down the main 'non lane' bit.

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 18:54:11

Yeah crashdoll, but this is adult swimming session, for you know, swimming n shit.

There is a free session straight after it where you can do your non swimming stuff, with no lanes at all, it's on for 12 hours, far more time is dedicated to 'free' sessions than to swimming and there is a dedicated children's pool, so not wanting to be with the children is no excuse really.

Like I said, I have no issue with people swimming slowly or hanging around the edge of the pool, but standing, chatting in the middle of a swimming pool, during a dedicated swimming session, is rude. It just is.

And FWIW I also do none swimmy exercise-y stuff in the pool at the edge of the pool, during quiet times. Not in the middle of the fucking pool at a dedicated swimming session.

crashdoll Mon 22-Jul-13 20:04:11

But why can't those who swim very slowly use the main bit while you serious lane swimmers use the lanes?!

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 22-Jul-13 20:11:52

They can, as I said my issue is not with people swimming very slowly, it is with people standing in a group chatting, in the middle of the pool.

If you want to chat, meet at a coffee shop.

fluffyraggies Mon 22-Jul-13 21:15:00

I stopped swimming because of my rage about this OP. Honestly the anger and stress was doing me more harm than the exercise was doing me good!

I could only get to the gym pool for the 6.30 - 8am session and no matter how early i got there it would be full of (sorry) older people literally just standing about in the pool yaking. We had two dedicated swim lanes and they would end up stuffed full of swimmers like people soup all trying to swim lengths because it was impossible to do lengths in the free area - due to the stand arounders.

I asked why only 50% of the pool was dedicated to lanes swimming at this time in the morning in a pool in a gymnasium and was told it was 'just the way it was'. So i cancelled my subscription. Grrrr.

stillstanding29 Mon 22-Jul-13 22:06:55

I get swim rage about people swimming together & people swimming too close etc ARGH! Once there was 1 man trying to do widths while the rest of us were doing lengths. It drives me nuts.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 22-Jul-13 22:15:38

>But why can't those who swim very slowly use the main bit while you serious lane swimmers use the lanes?!

I thought the OP had already said, she's not fast enough for the lanes (yet.) If there's only 2 lanes typically one will have people doing really fast crawl and the other will have slower crawl and intense breast-stroke going on. If you swim too slowly in the lanes Caitlin Moran complains about you in the Times magazine. So - either there needs to be another lane for the slow, steady swimmers or the people who aren't really swimming should be a bit more considerate or attend a different session.

SixFeetUnder Mon 22-Jul-13 23:01:07

I'm just back from my swim and there were three lanes cordoned off. I'm quite slow but no one else was in them so my friend and I decided to use one, I went after her as she's faster than me and there were still two empty lanes so I didn't feel like I was denying the 'proper' swimmers. I would encourage anyone else to do this, takes a lot of stress out of your swim.

I keep giggling though as in the lane next to us a young boy and girl got in. The boy was quite clearly a good swimmer, got in and immediately started doing butterfly. I was halfway up the pool when I heard him behind me making very loud splash noises. He was doing a length with a float in front of him but he was kicking his legs so hard he was splashing everywhere. Honestly, the sound he was making, it was SPLASH, SPLASH, SPLASH, SPLASH really loud. Showing off swimming it was smile

mercury7 Tue 23-Jul-13 01:37:34

I do find that other swimmers sometimes disrupt my swim but I never get rage.

I swim face in the water front crawl so that I'm looking down pretty much all the time and dont see anyone who's in my way, usually people get out of the way.
I am the rude person ploughs up and down regardless blush

possum18 Tue 23-Jul-13 01:43:52

Does this pool have a few lanes laned off for swimmers and a larger portion open for less 'formal' swimming?
My local pool has 3 swimming lanes - slow, medium and fast which are clearly sign posted.
It REALLY annoys me when people don't respect this and use the 3 lanes as a social swim when the open part of the pool isn't busy!
But it's equally as annoying when people wanting a serious swim use the open part of the pool when there is room in the designated swimming lanes.
I would make it clear through strong swimming with maximum splashing that they are in your war path and need to move to an edge!

mercury7 Tue 23-Jul-13 01:47:10

if people are messing around in the lanes I just keep swimming as if they're not there...they always move, I never feel the need to get annoyed (or splashy)

giraffesCantWearSuncream Tue 23-Jul-13 01:48:52

we have a slow lane, medium and fast lane. rest of space for play/shitty gossipy swimming.

I get pissed off at people chatting in lanes!

piprabbit Tue 23-Jul-13 01:57:14

I can't decide who I loathe more - the "thrashers" (men who frontcrawl very badly with vast amounts of splash and waves - seem to think that everyone else must get out of their way or risk being ploughed through) or "bobbers" (groups of women who bob up and down the pool, chatting, walking and generally not swimming).

I think the "thrashers" win, because they really, really want me to be impressed with their antics and I hate that very much. The "bobbers" couldn't give a shiny shit that there is anyone else in the pool - which does earn them some kudos.

mercury7 Tue 23-Jul-13 11:03:38

backstrokers are the absolute worst!

arabesque Tue 23-Jul-13 11:15:17

There was a man walking up and down the pool yesterday, with his arms held out at right angles to his body. This was at 5.30 when the pool was really busy angry.

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