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Swimming pools
It's a swimming pool.
Not a 'sauntering pool'
Not a 'bimble up and down whilst you chat to your friend' pool.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not what you'd call a good swimmer. I'm not all that fast. I'm getting better than I was, but I fully accept that part of the reason I go swimming is because I'm _not_ in as good a shape as I'd like. So I can hardly complain about anyone else doing the same.

However there are few things more annoying than a couple of women (It's true, in the last two years of swimming 3-4 times per week, I've never seen men do this) swimming side by side up and down the pool whilst yakking. It's invariable 2 (or even 3) people moving at the same speed as the slowest. And slower still because they keep turning around to chunter at each other.

I don't have a problem with you talking to your friends at the swimming pool. I don't have a problem with you swimming slowly. However when you're effectively being a 'rolling roadblock' to EVERYONE ELSE then you're just being rude.

(Oh btw, I found a new icon. Innit great?)
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ash1977law From: ash1977law Date: November 28th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Damn you Ed! Damn you & your icon!
4 days I was winning for!
tenuous From: tenuous Date: November 28th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree with you. The pool in Rugby even has a designated 'fast' lane, but it seems to make no difference. I'm training for a triathlon and get eternally stuck in the dilemma of wanting to respect others rights to use the pool and my own desire to actually swim more than a dozen lenghts before I run out of time and have to head back to the office.

Asking politely followed by lots of splashing seems to do the trick, though :-)

(I trust you're not going to be using that icon too often?)
myki From: myki Date: November 28th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Calmly ask them to move. If they don't simply exit the pool, plug in a hairdryer and dropit in the deep end. People are easier to swim around when they are still.
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: November 28th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right about the women part - they are the same women who do this exact thing in supermarket aisles too, I guarantee it!
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: November 28th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
BTW, are you going to be in London on Saturday?
zaitan From: zaitan Date: November 28th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Curse you Ed. I did not look at the icon at all, just that it was some scrolling text. As soon as I read the bit about your "Great" icon, my heart sank and I realised that I had lost again. Reading your LJ is the worst thing you can do if you do not want to loose.
elrohana From: elrohana Date: November 28th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You're absolutely right, its incredibly annoying and its always women. I hate it, it drives me mad. I got so fed up of it when I used to swim regularly that I started saying 'excuse me' and 'walking' past them -eventually they get the hint.
nicolyrezk From: nicolyrezk Date: November 28th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh great balls to your icon, Ed.
forest_rose From: forest_rose Date: November 28th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Conversely, the thing I really hate is when I'm swimming (not bimbling, not chatting, just keeping myself to myself and swimming some fairly fast lengths) and someone (usually a man) jumps in and does that SPLASH SPLASH LOOK AT ME I'M SWIMMING thing where they plough up and down the pool splashing and kicking everyone who's already in there in an attempt to demonstrate their prowess. These, I suspect, are the same people who zoom past you at traffic lights with souped-up engines, and possibly those little blue lights under their cars.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: November 28th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
This is also annoying.
Personally I tend to assume anyone doing the 'splashsplashsplash' thing is just demonstrating that they can't actually swim very well.
warmage From: warmage Date: November 28th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
damn you, you sick and twisted savant. :)
absintheskiss From: absintheskiss Date: November 28th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are not alone. I don't swim very often but it really annoys me when they do that. Chat in a pub, or swim in the pool, just don't get in my way!
purp1e_magic From: purp1e_magic Date: November 28th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm the one who goes swimming as a social event. I'll happily loaf about in the pool. I don't go to swim, I go to be in the water. It's good for my back. Just being in the water is pretty dull unless you have friends with you to chat to and stuff.

It's different in a way, though. I generally stick to the shallows and edges, away from 'proper swimmers' who don't need the security of being near that ridge near the edge when they're out of their depth. Also, I'm likely to have Simon clinging on, and I won't take him out of my depth. But if I was getting in the way of proper swimmers, I'd definitely find somewhere else to float about, unless the pool was so busy I just couldn't.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: November 28th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with loafing around in a pool.
I do so myself not infrequently. It's just ... well if I'm loafing and chatting, I feel I shouldn't be getting in the way of everyone else :)
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: November 28th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Frankly, your chosen use of the swimming pool as a place to swim up and down doing lengths is no more the "proper" way of using the pool than theirs is.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: November 28th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly it's utterly unreasonable that one would be wanting to swim in a swimming pool. What WAS I thinking!

notdan From: notdan Date: November 28th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The pool at Warwick uni isn't too bad for this sort of thing, fortunately, though occasionally you get a couple of Chinese lasses who pootle about swimming widths in the shallow end while everyone else is trying to swim lengths. Which is unhelpful, frankly.
forest_rose From: forest_rose Date: November 28th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I miss the Warwick pool. I used to go in there every day, pretty much. Would you believe Leicester doesn't have one? This displeases me.
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: November 28th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
not very subtle really
jorune From: jorune Date: November 28th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

necessitysslave From: necessitysslave Date: November 28th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was still in school I used to be a quite good swimmer.

I swam in lanes in hitchin swiming pool in the fast lane when there was one and (doing breast stroke) used to overtake some people doing crawl. When for some unknown reason a lady gets into the fast lane who won't put their head under water and starts slowing everybody up I used to "undertake" them. By this I mean ducking underwater and swimming under them and comming up infront of them (must be pointed out I have never kicked or actually made contact with someone when pulling this manuver)

The only form of excersise I was any good at.
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