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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #475 on: March 31, 2020, 04:17:03 pm »
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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #476 on: March 31, 2020, 05:59:52 pm »
If it weren't so bloody cold outside I would so seriously do that. I already hate the exercise bike that now provides my daily workout while the pool is unavailable. Every time I walk past it, I snarl and it snarls back.
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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #477 on: May 30, 2020, 12:04:37 pm »
Some open water places opening up:-

London Royal Docks
Liquid Leisure in Windsor.
Papercourt Lake near Ripley
Shepperton Lakes (hopefully next week: https://twitter.com/sheppertonswim/status/1266054216579256320/photo/1)

All with various distancing rules plus no on-site indoor changing facilities. (Never bothered me at Shepperton Lakes as there was plenty of space to get changed on the grass.)

Only worries would be:
* open water swimming with little/no swim fitness. I assume a tow float is a requirement even with a wetsuit.
* Shepperton Lake is current 12.something deg C. That's chilly!

My local pool sent round a survey asking for opinions on different scenarios. They were looking at the feasibility of (amongst other things) booking one hour slots for a lane in order to maintain social distancing.
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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #478 on: June 01, 2020, 07:53:05 am »
I suspect chlorine or whatever they clean swimming pools with makes social distancing in terms of swimming almost pointless unless you are going to exhale repeatedly straight at somebody.

Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #479 on: June 01, 2020, 08:26:00 am »
Whilst swimming yes, but in lane swimming if it's busy it's quite common to end up holding on at the end of the length and being close to someone else often having a chat about something or even just the "no, you go" stuff.

The other major concern is transmission from touching surfaces in the changing facilities.
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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #480 on: June 01, 2020, 08:34:23 am »
Swim up and swimming pool operators are beginning to look at re-opening of pools.
Initial reports show allowing 3sqm per customer, also a one child/one parent policy. From my own employers they are also discussing timed slots for all activities, pre-book only, showers/changing only for the pool, not gym/classes, reduction in gym equipment.

They have also warned that not all pools will reopen due to financial implications of no income followed by reduced income/higher outgoings.

There are still issues with the wet side changing areas, with extra cleaning, as throughout the building required

Also if extra staff are required, that will also be an issue, all lifeguard training is suspended, and trying to get people to work on minimum wage is not easy.

Yes Chris, the pools still use chlorine, much reduced due to the use of UV, but you still swim in dilute bleach ;D

Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #481 on: June 01, 2020, 10:43:37 pm »
So you have dilute bleach and UV. Spray the changing rooms with pool water every 12 hours, don’t stop and talk to people, etc.

Swimming pools will e back to normal by Christmas. It’s human nature.

Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #482 on: June 02, 2020, 06:18:24 am »
Roll on the lane rage ;D

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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #483 on: June 02, 2020, 09:42:48 am »
Talking about booking at mine too. Hopefully, they'll give some kind of priority for those of us who continued their direct debits, otherwise, I can see if booked up by kids over the summer.

There's only two lanes usually and they're quite wide, the changing rooms fairly spacious, I think generally it would be fine to reopen.
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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #484 on: June 02, 2020, 11:57:26 am »
I'd need to consider the actual risks, but if I could get into a pool I could do my hydro and try and restart that. I'm already older than my surgeon would like for surgery, but the alternative seems to be arthritis and I've enough of that already.

Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #485 on: June 15, 2020, 08:48:21 pm »
swim england have released their pool opening advice

https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/

Multiple documents

Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #486 on: June 15, 2020, 10:39:22 pm »
MarathonSwims on twitter had one example graphic.

A 6 lane 25m pool becomes 3 wide lanes with a maximum of 10 people per lane.

Sounds good if they can get it open, I'd definitely book some sessions and get my swim fitness back!
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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #487 on: June 16, 2020, 06:09:28 am »
Normally most of my swimming is open water from May to September - I hate chlorine. There are now two choices locally compared with one in normal years and there are longer opening hours. If the outdoor cafe would open and start serving bacon and egg rolls that would be ideal.


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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #488 on: June 16, 2020, 06:40:49 am »
The main open water here has been booked solid thru to august at present.


Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #489 on: June 16, 2020, 08:14:01 pm »
That is unfortunate. There is always the sea !


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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #490 on: June 17, 2020, 12:56:18 pm »
increasing swimming in our local River dove at the moment.  I suspect the urine levels in the water now probably rival a swimming pool on a hot day!

Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #491 on: June 17, 2020, 03:15:58 pm »
One of the problems with local rivers is there is very little avaliable in the way of bacterial/chemical testing. Hence it can be potluck on how safe.

Depressingly the sea is 80+ min away

Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #492 on: June 17, 2020, 07:49:50 pm »
One of the problems with local rivers is there is very little avaliable in the way of bacterial/chemical testing. Hence it can be potluck on how safe.

Depressingly the sea is 80+ min away
Sounds like a day trip by bike. Just adding to my todo list - cycle to seaside and swim.


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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #493 on: July 09, 2020, 05:54:36 pm »
Woo, pools might be starting to open up sometime soon: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53355001
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Re: Learning to swim/improving swimming
« Reply #494 on: August 10, 2020, 12:06:17 pm »
Still no swimming around here. Not really sure what the danger is compared to, erm, going to the pub etc.
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