Rude swimmers

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    Sep 20, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Has anyone experienced this? You are peacefully doing your laps then some guy at the gym dives into your lane and swims as fast as he can, all the while making huge waves and noise, and after 4-8 laps gets out of the pool? What's up with that? It's using someone that looks a little off. What have you experienced in a gym pool?

    Years ago 2 arab looking kids got in my lane and just stood against the wall blocking my turn and not moving. So I just did my flip turn and splashed them. When I returned, both guys jumped me and tried to drown me. The management at the gym came and kicked them out of the gym. Probably memberships too since I had witnesses.

    By the way I do a pyramid usually of IM building up to 8 laps each stroke and then as much as I can do back down as time permits or muscles last. And if I have to share a lane, I cut out the butterfly. At least without the closed fists so that I don't extend over to their side. I streamline my stroke too.
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    Sep 20, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
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  • DanOmatic

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    Sep 20, 2012 11:21 AM GMT
    Or the person who asks to share the lane with you, but proceeds to swim down the middle instead.

    Or the person who feels it necessary to "race" you, but only for one lap at a time.
  • asana

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    Sep 20, 2012 1:21 PM GMT
    Happens to me all the time. My gym doesn't keep the lane lines in usually, since they do aquafit classes a couple times a day. I often have some moron that's trying to swim between two lanes. Or, worse, older women who get in the pool and just stand there. Inevitably one will wander into my lane, and then be offended when I clip them by accident.
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    Sep 20, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    braddomo saidHas anyone experienced this? You are peacefully doing your laps then some guy at the gym dives into your lane and swims as fast as he can, all the while making huge waves and noise, and after 4-8 laps gets out of the pool? What's up with that? It's using someone that looks a little off. What have you experienced in a gym pool?

    Yes, and when I have it's usually partly the pool's fault. Some pools will fail to post visible signs to identify the lap swim times, making it clear it's not an open swim, or open in only a designated part of the pool. Also the fault of any lifeguards and pool attendants who don't enforce the rules.
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    Sep 20, 2012 1:27 PM GMT
    A few days ago there was 3 girls swimming really slow together. They were next to each other so that it was impossible to pass them. I got pissed off so I passed underneath them... Then they understood and swam in a line.
  • DanOmatic

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    Sep 20, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    Or the person of limited swimming ability who decides to swim in the lane marked "Fast Swimmers Only".
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    Sep 20, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    Probably the same people who drive slow in the left-hand passing lane...
  • QHCAguy

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    Sep 20, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    Or the "water walkers" taking up lanes
    Or the gaggle that all stand and talk for 5 minutes between every lap...

    Grr, it's why I don't goto my gym pool unless I have to, I stick to the big kids pool in the park icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 20, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    QHCAguy saidOr the "water walkers" taking up lanes
    Or the gaggle that all stand and talk for 5 minutes between every lap...

    Grr, it's why I don't goto my gym pool unless I have to, I stick to the big kids pool in the park icon_smile.gif


    This. The water walkers kill me. And they never use the same lane even though relative to the swimmers they are slow as molasses
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    Sep 20, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    Or the irresponsible kids, that jump out of no where into your swimming designated lap screaming and laughing, and see you coming and do not move. I usually pass them and spraying them heavily with a kick; they finally get out of the way. But I hate that the parents just watch with no inclination to do anything.

    I blame the parents that definitely do not know how to manage their kids in public and show some social etiquette behavior, for god sake the complex pool is huge enough so they can play on the other end of the poolicon_rolleyes.gif Kids are just being kids, but manage them in public.
  • swimbikerun

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    Sep 20, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    For the most part, if one has not been on a swim team then such a person is unaware of workout pool swimming courtesies.
    For example, if you want to pass someone simply swim so close you can tap their toes with your fingertips.
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    Sep 20, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    Don't get pissed off because someone doesn't know proper swimming etiquette. Not a lot of people posses the common sense, or comprehend the direct correlation between lanes in a pool and lanes on a road.

    My coach always taught me that your individual workout is important, and that distractions, slow swimmers, and road blocks shouldn't be an excuse. Do what you need to do to get in a great work out. That's why he practiced "the Ali," which is close-fisted butterfly. No one will mess with you after a swift "stroke" to the face.

    Stop whining, and swim.
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    Sep 20, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Yes! I had one who didn't know how to keep his hands and feet in his own lane and would hit, scratch and kick me every time we passed each other. Finally I got tired of him and kicked him. He freaked out like he didn't know what he was doing. He yelled and made a fool of himself and I just stood there calmly.
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    Sep 20, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    braddomo saidHas anyone experienced this? You are peacefully doing your laps then some guy at the gym dives into your lane and swims as fast as he can, all the while making huge waves and noise, and after 4-8 laps gets out of the pool? What's up with that? It's using someone that looks a little off. What have you experienced in a gym pool?


    Bloody hell YESS! just happen today which i was relatively enjoying my swim (a humble little swimmer who flexes his muscles properly in pool!), THEN came in this butterfly BIATCH gushing water like a bloody Godzilla!!! and I like it please Dont DONT DO IT LIKE its your motherF*(&(vagina pool!icon_rolleyes.gif I know you own dolphin! Bloody son of a gUN!

    but he looks pretty awesome with that body but... never mind
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    Sep 20, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    Isugemi saidA few days ago there was 3 girls swimming really slow together. They were next to each other so that it was impossible to pass them. I got pissed off so I passed underneath them... Then they understood and swam in a line.


    Honey never swim under vagina(s) its likeeeeeeeee very dangerous!
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    Sep 20, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    i go to this gym where apparently only elderly asian women swim. i get my lanes and my space as they fear me for some reason. it's like they all move to one side as soon as i get in, and then move back when i exit

    idgaf tho, thx for the room
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    Sep 20, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    If need be I ask to share a lane and then I ask if the person prefers one side or the other or if they'd rather circle swim (which only really works well if you're about the same speed, otherwise it's just annoying).

    At that point your speed or any wake shouldn't be an issue. If a little wave bothers you, that's you, not them. Water sort of just does that. Two people with a good stroke is no issue at all. No backstroking with another guy in the same lane, for side stroke stick to the rope and if you breast, switch or hesitate a stroke on approach/passing the other guy. Butterfly? Get your own fucking lane.

    The only thing more rude than refusing to acknowledge someone who would like to share your lane is hopping in their lane without permission.
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    Sep 20, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    braddomo saidHas anyone experienced this? You are peacefully doing your laps then some guy at the gym dives into your lane and swims as fast as he can, all the while making huge waves and noise, and after 4-8 laps gets out of the pool? What's up with that? It's using someone that looks a little off. What have you experienced in a gym pool?


    I was sure this thread was going to be about Ryan Lochte. I guess not.
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    Sep 20, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidYou need one of these...

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    The only thing that would do to a mosasaur is piss it off.
  • tommyboi

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    Sep 20, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    As I love a good swim I can relate to this. I pop in my music and swim laps in the lanes. People who don't follow swimming etiquette can be very annoying.

    Women who swim slowly in a line like a floating wall are very annoying, and usually they want to keep they hair and make up on so swimming by kicking up a lot of spray gets them moving.

    I once had a guy who swam the outside edge of the pool which was very bizarre. He didn't pay attention to anyone and bashed into quite a few people.
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    Sep 20, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    har19 saidBloody hell YESS! just happen today which i was relatively enjoying my swim (a humble little swimmer who flexes his muscles properly in pool!), THEN came in this butterfly BIATCH gushing water like a bloody Godzilla!!! and I like it please Dont DONT DO IT LIKE its your motherF*(&(vagina pool!icon_rolleyes.gif I know you own dolphin! Bloody son of a gUN!

    but he looks pretty awesome with that body but... never mind
    Solution No. 327, start swimming butterfly drills with closed fists and spread your entry into poor form so that you punch the offender on every pass. The message comes across pretty fast often resulting in a lower lane population. We used to be the rude ones doing this with a world-class triathlete asshole who didn't want anyone swimming in the lane with him. He eventually found somewhere else to swim.
  • maque1000

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    Sep 23, 2012 3:13 PM GMT
    Tell them as they have to pay respect to each other. In other way ,suggest them to make a private pool at their home icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    I'm lucky in that my current gym tends to have more experienced swimmers who know how to share lanes and such. The previous one I was at was terrible - people would jump right in the lane and go right down the middle of your lane without warning, even if you're obviously swimming laps nonstop.

    I always go with the assumption I'll have to share a lane with someone, so I don't mind if people jump in and keep to their side. Flip turns and butterfly seem to work fairly well at deterring inexperienced people. But if you want to stand around and talk at the end of the lane, go sit in the hot tub or steam room.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    theantijock saidIf need be I ask to share a lane and then I ask if the person prefers one side or the other or if they'd rather circle swim (which only really works well if you're about the same speed, otherwise it's just annoying).

    At that point your speed or any wake shouldn't be an issue. If a little wave bothers you, that's you, not them. Water sort of just does that. Two people with a good stroke is no issue at all. No backstroking with another guy in the same lane, for side stroke stick to the rope and if you breast, switch or hesitate a stroke on approach/passing the other guy. Butterfly? Get your own fucking lane.

    The only thing more rude than refusing to acknowledge someone who would like to share your lane is hopping in their lane without permission.


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