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To expect people to wear proper swimming gear in the pool

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hiddenhome Tue 16-Aug-11 22:21:09

I went to the pool with ds1 the other day and sat in the spectator area because I wasn't able to swim.

There were the usual people in: kids, teens, older blokes doing lanes etc.

Then, three teenage girls got in - perhaps about 17 or so.

Two of them had bikinis on, but one had a black bra and matching knickers on. The male pool attendants thought it was Christmas and spent their time ogling her and trying not to giggle hmm

Why would anyone go swimming in their underwear? A swimming cossie or bikini aren't that expensive or difficult to get hold of.

Or is this what folk do these days? Haven't been to the pool for years.

squeakytoy Tue 16-Aug-11 22:32:44

Some beach wear looks like underwear .. I stress beachwear because it is probably not really suitable for swimming in.. however I doubt the teenage girl was trying to be Rebecca Adlington, and was probably quite aware of how she looked, and not in the least bothered that she was attracting attention of the lifeguard..

hiddenhome Tue 16-Aug-11 22:37:43

It was deffo underwear. Black, lacy stuff hmm

worraliberty Tue 16-Aug-11 22:41:07

Perhaps she forgot her kit?

troisgarcons Tue 16-Aug-11 22:44:56

And this affected your life beacause?

worraliberty Tue 16-Aug-11 22:49:02

All power to her really if she did forget her kit...why let it spoil her day. A black bra and knickers is no different to a bikini anyway.

itisnearlysummer Tue 16-Aug-11 22:52:58

I went to a swimming pool in a deprived inner city area a few years ago. I was surprised at the time that there were so many kids swimming in their pants and vest.

It's easy to say swimming costumes are cheap, but they still might be more expensive than they can afford.

Did remind me of this though

YoungishBag Tue 16-Aug-11 22:57:33

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YoungishBag Tue 16-Aug-11 22:58:52

I don't understand why they would ogle her - a bikini covers just as much.

I wouldn't have noticed, they pretty much look the same to me.

squeakytoy Tue 16-Aug-11 23:00:43

If she was in the pool, I am not sure how they could be ogling her anyway, for longer than the few seconds it would take to walk from the changing rooms to the pool and get in it..

AuntiePickleBottom Tue 16-Aug-11 23:07:13

tbh i think the life guards should have some profesinalism and not ogle people when they have come for a swim.

squeakytoy Tue 16-Aug-11 23:09:59

the lifeguards at all the pools I go to are usually teenage boys themselves..

worraliberty Tue 16-Aug-11 23:11:12

True, it's rare to see a lifeguard over the age of about 25 at the very most.

AuntiePickleBottom Tue 16-Aug-11 23:12:05

aqueakytoy, i don't care how old the life guard is, they are there to do a job and make sure people are not drowning ect...not to ogle people.

basingstoke Tue 16-Aug-11 23:12:35

I picked up a sports bra instead of my tankini (sorry!) top once, and I just wore it instead. It is very supportive though, and provides rather more coverage than your average bikini top ...

worraliberty Tue 16-Aug-11 23:14:43

I'm surprised the OP is about the girl's underwear rather than the 'ogling' and surpressed giggles of the so called lifeguards actually.

squeakytoy Tue 16-Aug-11 23:16:02

AuntiePickle.. I dont disagree with you. However if no-one is actually drowning, they have to look at something. I bet they prefer to look at a teenage girl in skimpy underwear than a middle aged woman in a one piece.. every job has to have some perks for the employee.

worraliberty Tue 16-Aug-11 23:20:11

Lol I bet they have a right old giggle at some of the sights they see...both male and female!

Step Wed 17-Aug-11 08:07:12


Oh for goodness sake. They're covered up and are there to swim. If they want to draw attention to themselves well that's up to them. As long as they don't swim breaststroke in the fast lane, or stand at the end and chat, as long as they swim then who gives a hoot. The world still turns.

Whatmeworry Wed 17-Aug-11 08:10:51

If she had suspenders on too I'd be Mildly Concerned. Ogling the swimmers is part of a Lifeguard's job description perks

InWithTheITCrowd Wed 17-Aug-11 08:16:07

My mum's a lifeguard and she's 60. I don't think she considers ogling one of the perks of her job ;) in fact- there's only one teenager on the team at that pool, and she's the duty manager!

Andrewofgg Wed 17-Aug-11 08:20:22

YoungishBag - male speaking. For some reason, and I can't explain it, I only report it, men will find a woman in her underwear more titillating than they would find the same woman in a bikini of the same proportions. There is of course no excuse for them ogling her if it became offensive to them or stopped them keeping their minds on the job, although a private chuckle is understandable and excusable!

Mumwithadragontattoo Wed 17-Aug-11 10:21:49

Oh dear I did this a few weeks ago... Well not quite; mine wasn't lacy. I'd taken my two swimming and forgot my kit. Didn't realise until the kids were ready and I was undressed. I had dark blue short style pants plus dark blue bra and vest so I wore it into the pool. Actually wish I not worn the vest as then I might have had something dry to wear home rather than a squeezed out vest...

Mumwithadragontattoo Wed 17-Aug-11 10:22:54

Disclaimer: I wore my towel on poolside and hung it up just before I got in the water. Also don't think the lifeguards were looking at me!

LoveBeingAtHomeOnMyOwn Wed 17-Aug-11 10:23:51

Well you should be much more concerned about lifeguards not doing their job. They are there to save life's.

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