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post #1 of 19
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Does anyone here enjoy swimming? And if so, do you have your own pool? Or do you use a public pool, or prefer like a lake or something? I myself am not a big swimmer but I am going to enroll my daughter into swim lessons. I do enjoy going out on the boat though!!
post #2 of 19
Swimming in lakes never used to bother me, but I seen some shows about all the WIERD things in lakes and oceans that Im not sure I'd like to swim in a lake again.

BUT...I do like pools. I dont own one, but someday hopefully I will. I hope hope hope!! Along with a yard, and a beautiful garden, and a small fluff puppy.

I dont think there's a public pool anywhere near me.
post #3 of 19
I love swimming!

Usually to get my 'fix' of swimming, I head to the YMCA and swim laps, I love it! Its so relaxing and a good workout too!

Also, we're really big into going on the lake back home - going on the Pontoon and swimming off that, and then we go to the Mississippi a lot during the summer and swim there too, I love it!
post #4 of 19
I love going swimming! The only pools we have at our house are the kiddie pools for the dogs, but I like to go to public pools, and sometimes we go to the lake to swim when I'm in PA.
post #5 of 19
I'm not of a much a real swimmer, but I do enjoy the water and lounging by the pool with a good book! I usually take advantage of the pool at my parents' condo complex.
post #6 of 19
I love swimming! We have our own pool and this time of year we are in it all the time
post #7 of 19
I love swimming. We don't have our own pool, but there's a great one down the road. I used to swim laps lots there, but they changed the lane schedule and then I got real busy and stopped going. I want to go back, but for summer they mess up the schedule so there's hardly any lanes and lots of kids there, so I might just wait until fall. It's really great exercise.
post #8 of 19
I don't like the water. It scares the poop out of me. I don't like boats either. they scare me too. I am a land based person. I can swim like a fish ( or so I've been told) I haven't been in or near water in ages.
My mom told me that I used to swim alot when I was a kid. I don't remember it though. I guess something happened to change my mind.
post #9 of 19
In Australia I would swim in the ocean almost daily, here in Montreal I have to settle for a community pool.
post #10 of 19
I wouldn't trust any of the lakes around here. My dog almost drowned in a river around here. We've got a local swimming pool about 15 minutes walk away and of course the beach is just 20 minutes down the road.

I was made to swim!
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
I was made to swim!
So was I!!! I represented club, state and country in my younger days...not a big deal really but I love swimmming!!! I do about an hour a day in the pool at home coz that's the only exercise my Drs. will let me have (major back problems!)...
post #12 of 19
In australia, in the summer i would always go down to the beach even just to stick my feet in, or we would go to the pools regulary.

In sicily i go to the beach daily, i love love love the sea!
I also love to go out on the boat!

Here in Frankfurt we cant swim in the lakes because they are all contaminated
post #13 of 19
With my arthritic back, swimming is about the only exercise, that doesn't inflict pain. My parents have a pool and I have unlimited access. The only problem is getting off of my best intentions and actually driving over there and using it.

I don't use the public pools, as the adult swim hours are during my working hours and I don't want to contend with kids, at the regular times. Maybe I'll spring for a membership, at Naturally Women and take a water aerobics class.
post #14 of 19
When I was growing up my parents had a pool and I was in it all the time. I also took swimming lessons up to the lifeguard level. I only swim in a pool though...for some odd reason I have a horrible fear of swimming in water if I can't see the bottom
post #15 of 19
I dont really like swimming, the only time i will go in the sea is on holiday.

The water has to be really warm and shallow. If i cant touch the bottom it makes me

Pete is the same tho', so we will be the ones at the kiddies pool when we go on our hols later this year
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by VampireCat
The water has to be really warm and shallow. If i cant touch the bottom it makes me

Pete is the same tho', so we will be the ones at the kiddies pool when we go on our hols later this year
That made me laugh! My Mum's pretty much like that!

I was also born to swim, love, love, love it! Sea, lae, pool anywhere!

I just can't seem to find an accessible public pool around here without paying the daft prices of a full gym membership!!
post #17 of 19
My SIL has a "pond" that we will drive up to swim in. Around here people having water features in their yards is quite popular. My neighbor just down the road has one big enough for swimming-on hot days it is tempting!! With my proximity to Lake Michigan one can go to public parks and swim but its usually to cold.
No public pools for me.
I usually lounge in the water on a blow up raft of some sort.
Its kind of funny about actually doing laps or real swimming as my sis is a college swim coach!!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
Does anyone here enjoy swimming? And if so, do you have your own pool? Or do you use a public pool, or prefer like a lake or something? I myself am not a big swimmer but I am going to enroll my daughter into swim lessons. I do enjoy going out on the boat though!!
How old is your daughter? I taught swimming for years and I'm really missing it lately. Here are a couple of tips to make her (and your) transition into lessons smoother:

Decide in advance what you want her to get out of swimming and don't be hesitant to inform the swimming teacher. Some parents want their kids to get as much instruction as they would being tutored in math or reading, while others are more interested in the child becoming comfortable in water and having fun. Still others see lessons as an opportunity to socialize. Know what you want and what your daughter is capable of (some kids just can't take intensive lessons and are happier and progress better in a mellow setting, while others crave a challenge).

Practice in the tub! Many skills can be introduced in a bathtub, such as blowing bubbles, face in, and laying relaxed on her back (support her head by the back of her neck if the water level would be over her face in this position........or consider draining some water before trying it, so the back of her head can rest on the tub bottom).

Since this is your daughter's first swimming lessons, my number one piece of advice is relax. Be positive. Your daughter could and probably will cry the first time she's dunked. And, at some time or another, every kid comes up coughing and sputtering. Don't worry about it. If you're tense about it, she gets the message that she was right to be upset. Comfort with praise for the positive, not discussion of the negative. For example "You went underwater! Way to go! You're turning into mommy's little fish!" will alleviate a lot more tension than telling her "I know it's scary, but you can do it." Young children will like imagination games about what they saw underwater. I like to ask about the different colours of fish down there. Usually, getting them comfortable with talking about the underwater world helps to get them more relaxed while in the pool.

Good luck and most of all, have fun!
post #19 of 19
I love swimming!! I don't much care for the oceans or lakes but pools I LOVE!! I don't have one though. There isn't really a good community one around here either.
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