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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?

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.

Sparklingbrook Mon 22-Jul-13 16:51:02

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.

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