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Virgin Broadfield is 25 metres long and always roped off into lanes *. Fast , medium and slow in the first 3 lanes - IMO you shouldn't be in the fast lane if you don't do a length in 30 seconds.


* - During Aqua-aerobics they remove 1 or 2 lanes to allow the very big classes room. This is very annoying but I can't complain because there are many more of them than there are lane swimmers. So I avoid 11:15am - 12:15pm.

At about 4pm the swimming lessons start and they take 2 lanes, whilst the third lane is for 'family fun'. I avoid these times too.


My favourite times are:-

9am - When its serious good swimmers, mostly female, ploughing up and down at a cracking pace, for me. This eases off towards 10am.

1pm - 3:30pm - Usually loads of room and very little passing needed. If swimmers know what they're doing passing can be easily accomplished at the turn.


Its a pity about the lockdown closing of pools because the swimming part is clean and the infection potential is very small according to the ASA.  Its the changing room situation that has messed it up. Wild swimming anyone?



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On ‎18‎/‎09‎/‎2013 at 19:51, Flanker7 said:

Your comments all make sense.

But, if someone is obviously much slower than everyone else, or is swimming breaststroke in the 'fast' lane, its the life-guard job to ask them to move.

The life-guards rarely do anything.

My suggestion is for a time per 25metres to be displayed on the fast/medium/slow boards. This time can change to suit swimming numbers in the pool.

nb - I've nothing against breststrokers - if they can do the time.

I agree with you, they should be more pro active, but I've been swimming for over 30 years and I cannot remember the last time a lifeguard told a swimmer to get out of the fast lane. Actually I can come to think, of it. Me and my lad accidentally got into the fast lane at Hillsborough once (they'd moved all the lanes around) and the lifeguard came down off her high chair like greased lightning to tell us to get out, yet my lad, who was only just past his 6th birthday at the time, was actually a better swimmer than a fair proportion of the adults in that pool *. I'd have had every right to feel annoyed about it but in actual fact I didn't because they should be doing that, though more consistently, obviously.


* this is him diving to 8ft one week before his 4th birthday !


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