So I was swimming away yesterday in the UCC Mardyke Swimming Pool and low and behold a situation arose that I knew had to become my first digital rant, and that is Swimming Pool Etiquette!
Seriously folks, how hard is it to have a bit of consideration for the other people in the lane with you? Three clearly marked lanes are laid out for the slow, medium and fast. It really irks me when a slow f*cker gets into the medium lane where I normally am. I mean, I don’t swim in the fast lane because I know I am not going to be fast enough and will get in the way of the swimmers in that lane.
Now, fair enough I’m not expecting everybody to go at the same pace in the medium lane, but the very least these people could do is stop at the end of the length and let the person who is practically swiping their feet for most of the length to move past them. That would be too much to ask though, and consistently there are a handful of people out there who insist on hogging the lane even though their could be 3 people forced to slow down behind them, reduced to the breast stroke when they’re trying to get up a good rythm with the front crawl.
It really brings my blood to the boil and its not like the staff down there are any help. Some spotty 19 year old in a red t-shirt lolling over the edge of their high chair, completely ignoring the fact that there is some plonker holding up an entire lane of swimmers, so much so in some cases that people have to stop and walk and still the lane hogger won’t let them past.
I suppose while I’m on the subject of the Mardyke Staff, another thing that drives me round the twist is the way they will remove one of the lanes for an aqua aerobics class ages before the class actually starts, reducing the available swimming space for everyone else when it is clearly not necessary.
Take last night for instance. I was actually swimming outside of the lanes completely (I prefer to swim outside of the lanes cos you don’t have the aforementioned lane hogging problem) and had 49 lengths done when they took away the slow lane. This reduced the non-lane space in the pool so I had to go into the lanes to avoid crashing into the gaggle of kids that were in the non-lane area. I did a full 80 lengths and there was still no sign of the aqua-aerobics or whatever the f*ck they had taken away the lane for when I was leaving after my shower. It confuses and infuriates me this lack of consideration for their paying customers.
Its like the gym there – lovely state of the art machines, but already half the tv sets attached to the cardio machines are not working and they insist on blasting red fm or some other rubbish dance show at full blast through the entire place. It makes listening to your own music or the tv down their nigh on impossible without turning everything up full blast, which I’m sure is leading to my future deafness – ah well, at least Sarah can sort me out for a hearing aid!
Anyway, I suppose that’s enough of a rant for the time being. Phew! I can see this blog becoming the digital equivalent of the notice board in the house – a cheap form of therapy 🙂