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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?

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.

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

backstrokers are the absolute worst!

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.

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!

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)

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 01:37:34

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Sparklingbrook Mon 22-Jul-13 17:23:53

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

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.

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

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

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 17:08:59

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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