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Started by marble on Aug 24, 2019 5:04:34 PM
The Swimming Pool

A place to talk about swimming stuff.

marble - 24 Aug 2019 17:09:36 (#1 of 72)

Thread kicked off by a need to find out if such a thing as a long body legsuit exists. And what’s a swimskin? Just a more expensive legsuit?

(I’m planning to do an aquathlon, so need something that a sports bra will fit under, and that then works as a running base layer. I don’t think my cossie with the ruched bust is quite what’s needed).

Hibiscus - 24 Aug 2019 17:29:38 (#2 of 72)

Have you thought about a tri-suit? Would that work?

marble - 24 Aug 2019 17:55:12 (#3 of 72)

That is my fallback option. But I’m still trying to pretend that I’m not going to ever do a triathlon, and buying a tri-suit feels like a major step towards succumbing...

And of course, rather than launching into me, me, me, I should have used post #1 to introduce this thread properly as a place to talk about all types of swimming - wild, pool, competitive, relaxing, or just bouncing around in the water.

dreams99 - 24 Aug 2019 18:13:20 (#4 of 72)

I bought a wetsuit 8 years ago when I considered doing tris. Only worn it once, in my living room trying it on.

marble - 24 Aug 2019 18:28:07 (#5 of 72)

I swam in a wetsuit for the first time ever this morning. At the moment, I think I’m quite happy to splash out £3 a go to rent one. It also saves having to work out where to store it, and a lot of hauling it back and forth.

hailesaladdie - 24 Aug 2019 18:39:03 (#6 of 72)

Thanks to Justin Fletcher, I now know the Makaton sign for wetsuit.

That is my wetsuit story.

goldfinch - 24 Aug 2019 18:41:25 (#7 of 72)

Have you looked on

uranrising - 24 Aug 2019 22:39:00 (#8 of 72)

... happy to splash out £3 a go to rent one.

From where do you rent one, pray?

marble - 24 Aug 2019 22:44:08 (#9 of 72)

My local lake... it’s mainly a waterski lake, but also does swim sessions. £6 entry (£5 if you join NOWCA), £3 wetsuit hire. (Lake-swimming is my 2019 new fad).

Yersinia - 24 Aug 2019 22:56:19 (#10 of 72)

My legsuit for regular swimming is one of these.

I am 5' 9" and busty. It flattens me into a monoboob, but has good coverage. It has an integral shelf bra and removable padding (which I removed). I like it.

I have other legsuits. Don't get one with shortish legs, they tend to bunch up under your bum cheeks and end up more uncomfortable than a boyleg swimsuit.

However, when I did the London Triathlon aaages ago, I wore a Shock Absorber sports vest with an integral bra (the label says style B4834 - I don't know if they still make anything similar), and a pair of lycra running shorts under my wetsuit. I wouldn't swim in them regularly due to not being rated for chlorine resistance, but they are basically just lycra, so fine for a one-off - they dry out quickly - so they work for a triathlon-type event.

Yersinia - 24 Aug 2019 22:58:08 (#11 of 72)

I really want to go and try out the new swimming lake at one of my old haunts, Beckenham Place Park:

dreams99 - 25 Aug 2019 08:08:10 (#12 of 72)

Several people i know from running club have been. Sounds like the opening was chaotic - it was very hot, loads of people, and unsupervised, so there was more than one instance of people getting into trouble, and an air ambulance called for a child. They closed it for a bit, don't know if they have lifeguarding now.

Cordelia - 25 Aug 2019 08:12:30 (#13 of 72)

They’ve limited entry and stopped the paddling for small kids which seems a shame.

HouseOfLametta - 25 Aug 2019 08:20:45 (#14 of 72)

I can't believe you missed the opportunity for a

Pool! Pool! Poo!


Impedimenta - 25 Aug 2019 09:50:58 (#15 of 72)

Code Brown in the Training Pool!

Thanks for the thread, Marbs. My wetsuit advice is limited to: if you buy certain brands they smell like dope. The internet suggests it's the glue in the seams, but whatever it is is pungent and unmistakable. We bought a cheaper suit for No 2 daughter, aka the Mermaid, at Decathlon and had no idea it would smell like that. If I was buying a second one I would sniff v carefully.

HollyGolightly - 25 Aug 2019 09:57:30 (#16 of 72)

Lovely thread. I have embarked on a project to learn how to swim front crawl from scratch. My coach teaches at Tooting Bec Lido and I’ve had two lessons so far and seem to be getting the hang of it.

My ultimate goal is to do the Isles of Scilly swim challenge next September so plenty of time to train.

Am off for a birthday swim / practice at the Lido shortly.

marble - 25 Aug 2019 10:13:30 (#17 of 72)

#14 I am kicking myself for the lost opportunity.

imps - I'm not *yet* at the wetsuit buying stage. I suspect it will happen. Though - are you recommending avoiding the ones that smell like dope, or suggesting I seek them out?

holly - Good luck with the learning... I've done ~6 lessons so far, and apparently cracked proper front crawl - now just have to improve distance and technique. Just. I'm finding that there's an awful lot of think about, and that thinking about it all too much leads to short periods of drowning.

Ginmonkey - 25 Aug 2019 10:24:58 (#18 of 72)

We were at Beckenham Park Place yesterday. They have instituted a booking system now and put fences around it. We couldn't get in.

There are about five two-hour slots - first come first served, max 100 people.

No unaccompanied under 16s and adults have to self certifiy they can swim at lease 25m unaided.

What was annoying was a good 55% of the 100 people weren't swimming but just sitting and lounging at the side of the water, there were very few adults swimming.

Impedimenta - 25 Aug 2019 10:44:46 (#19 of 72)

Happy Birthday Swim, Holls.

The lounging at the Lido thing is v odd. I swim at London Fields, which has unforgiving concrete slabs and not much shade. In hot weather, it fills up with people who spend most of their time sitting by the pool, rather than in it. The Lido building is adjacent to London Fields itself, a largish park with lots of mature trees and grass to sit on. So people pay a fiver to sit surrounded by other people and four walls, instead of pay nothing to sit under the shade of a mature plane tree and watch the cricket / five a side / other people's dogs.

Don't buy the skunky wetsuit, marbs - if you store it near clothes, your clothes will also smell of skunk. Round here, that's not particularly newsworthy, but I'd imagine in other parts of the UK it's a less everyday street fragrance.

Ginmonkey - 25 Aug 2019 10:53:29 (#20 of 72)

TBF some of the loungers were adults supervising young children.

However I am generally confused by people lounging by the pool or sea. I like to get in and swim and then go about my day

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