Where Can I Go Swimming?
If you own a home that already has a pool, this question won’t apply to you, but if you don’t then you could be wondering where you can go swimming during those warm summer months. There are different areas around and it all depends on where you live. Some you might have to pay for, others are exclusive to members only. Some housing areas will even have a community pool that is only to be used by those that live in that area. Whichever place you choose, keep in mind that there are rules and regulations at each place. Some are there for your protection, as some places can be a little more dangerous than you might think. No matter where you plan on swimming be sure and follow the basic rules of any swim time to be safe.
Some cities have a community pool that is there for the entire city. You must pay to get in and sessions can vary from a few hours to all day. Some of them have lockers or places to put your items to keep them safe. These pools are often used at various times of the year to provide swim lessons and diving lessons. Unless the pool is indoors though it will be closed during the winter months, early spring months and late fall months as the water gets too cold and the pool is not heated. Indoor pools might be open all year long depending on how well staffed and maintained they are.
Be mindful that a public pool during the peak months has a lot of visitors. The pool can get crowded fast, and if you are just going to lay out in the sun, get there early as the chairs will fill up fast. There will be lots of children there during those months and that means kids peeing in the pool. (Something I learned recently is that the chlorine is not what causes a person’s eyes to turn red, but rather the amount of urine in the pool mixed with the chlorine that causes it to happen.) Wear goggles if you want to see underwater instead of opening your eyes.
As mentioned above there are communities that have public pools that are semi-private. They are there for the community that lives there, and guests. They are available on a first come, first serve basis and have better facilities than a public pool. For one the showers are better, they have full sized bathrooms, that are well-maintained and sometimes have barbecues or pits and kitchen units attached.
Private Pools are those that are in a gated or locked community. They have facilities such as those in an open community, although there might be people there servicing it all the time. The chlorine is regularly maintained as is the pool for debris. These are exclusive pools such as those in a country club, or someone’s house. They could have a bar wither along the water of the pool, or sometimes right inside the water, floating around. These pools tend to be extravagant, and can be a bit pricey. They are safer and more secure so you won’t have to worry about a homeless person bathing in it, or animals swimming in it. Or the best one yet, babies in diapers who can’t control themselves in the pool. If you happen to be a member of a club or place that has a private pool, chances are they are more maintained then a personal pool if you have one.
Not every gym has a pool, but some of them do. Generally, they are used as a form of exercise, and can be as large as the Olympic style pools. They could be sectioned off with ropes for competitions or classes on certain days so you might need to ask those who work there for best times. Some of these gyms are open 24 hours a day, which makes taking a late-night swim easier. Public and Private pools have limited hours. So, unless you own your own pool, a gym that is open late, or always is the best option for swimming whenever you want to.
Pools that are owned by gyms are maintained but not monitored on a regular basis. Video cameras might be installed to keep an eye on things from the front desk, especially during the graveyard shifts. They are serviced a minimum of 3 times a week when it is slow to as many as 5 times a week when it is busy. If you happen to want a late-night swim at one of these places, be sure you go with a friend or at least ask how monitored it is before you get into the water. It doesn’t matter whether you are a guy or girl, if there is someone lurking in the shadows to attack you, or take your belongings.
There are two types of lakes to consider swimming in, so long as there no signs to prevent you from doing so. There are man-made lakes that some cities will have installed in their towns. And there are natural lakes that occurred naturally and are open to either those who own part of the property, or are left open to anyone that is around.
Is it safe to swim in these? To an extent, it is, but there are things to consider. Both types of lakes have fish that swim in them. They also have bugs, which means there is bacteria and germs of many types. It is a lot of fun to swim in a lake, but shower as quickly as possible when you can. You don’t want to be walking around with any of those things on your skin. Do not drink the water! Unless you have purifier that will make it safe, don’t drink it. And you don’t want to open your eyes underwater unless you have a good pair of goggles.
Some lakes will be off limits to swimmers unfortunately so before you plan your trip to a lake for a swim, you might want to make sure it is ok to do so.
If you live on the coast you can always take a swim in the ocean. This is peaceful, although a bit salty. Be mindful of the current, and if you are unfamiliar with that type of swimming, stay near the lifeguard towers. They will also alert you of high tides, rip tides and strong currents. The ocean is great for those that like to surf and bodyboard. Swimmers tend to not go out as far as surfers though, but if a surfer wants to take the wave all the way in, swimmers could get hit. Be mindful of those around you.
Bathing suits need to be worn in most ocean coasts, but be mindful yours is on right. A strong wave can knock off your bathing suit, so be careful if you are trying to jump into them. Also, be sure you get a feel for the surface you are standing on. Some beaches are rockier then others, and swimming in those could mean getting scratched or cut.