Swimming/swim meets - getting into it?

  • cccwr92

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    Feb 23, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
    This is kind of a general question here for those who do swimming or wish to just give their opinion/input/thoughts on this!

    I enjoy swimming etc and would love to join some kind of club in the near future... but how do you get into this kind of sport as a gay guy, because surely seeing a bunch of other guys getting changed or showering etc after a meet or around the pool is going to be pretty hard to not get turned on by? isn't this going to create a few awkward moments?

    I mean seeing guys in wet speedos or tight shorts by the pool would be quite a turn on?

    What are your thoughts? icon_smile.gif Any advice? icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 23, 2014 11:48 PM GMT
    The gay guys at all the gyms I've been to were the only ones who weren't checking out the other guys' bods in the locker room... except for me that is.
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    Feb 24, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    I think that the 'getting turned on' is a non issue when you're in a group where the focus is on something besides sex. Guys would be interested in swimming and even though you see the other guys naked in the shower, that doesn't mean it's a turn on. You're there swimming and building friendships, not having an orgy. I think you're reading too much into this and have seen way too many short porno clips on the internet. I don't think it happens quite like that….although it's sort of exciting when you need some visuals for other reasons! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 24, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    When playing water polo, during games or practices - you're totally focused on what you're doing, & the teammates all become your 'brothers'. In the showers you're sure to notice every inch of all the guys, but somehow you turn off the sexuality quotient & focus on winning games. Sometimes you find one teammate to have a little something-something with, but you keep that away from the team.
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    Feb 24, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    Been doing it for years and I've had no problems. Just don't think about them sexually when you are getting changed and such. They won't care if you don't. Just be chill and have a conversation. Talk about swimming because you all will have something in common. Also, when you are working out in the pool, if you want to check someone out, swim behind them. If you are nervous something might happen, swim in another lane or swim in front of them. You don't see the straight guys getting boners all the time when they see women in bathing suits, you just need some self control. Its not as hard as you think.
  • honestsweat

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    Feb 24, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    this thread is useless without pics. just sayin.
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 24, 2014 10:09 PM GMT
    honestsweat saidthis thread is useless without pics. just sayin.


    Then post some!

    When I swam in high school, I found that practice and meets (and even the shower) were not erotic environments. That didn't keep me from fantasizing about the showers when I was home, but as other guys have said, the relationships I developed with your teammates felt more fraternal and they were not usually the objects of any of my fantasies.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 24, 2014 10:11 PM GMT
    It wasn't bad at all. In high school guys would slap my ass. I assume most knew I am gay. Didn't change a thing. We still all rubbed lotion on each others backs, sometimes on the ass too. Don't worry, you wont get hard.
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 24, 2014 10:11 PM GMT
    honestsweat saidthis thread is useless without pics. just sayin.


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    Feb 24, 2014 10:13 PM GMT
    Helloooo Indiana icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 24, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    Swam competitively for 10 years and never had a problem. Trust me, you'll likely be too tired and exhausted to care about being turned on by anyone. icon_razz.gif

    And like what other guys have said so far, straight guys don't get distracted by female teammates and vice versa. Everyone's all about the sport.

    Also, swimming's generally not as hypermasculine as a lot of other sports. I don't think I've ever had a teammate who really cared about a gay guy being in the locker room at the same time as him.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 24, 2014 10:50 PM GMT
    FishSwimmer saidSwam competitively for 10 years and never had a problem. Trust me, you'll likely be too tired and exhausted to care about being turned on by anyone. icon_razz.gif

    And like what other guys have said so far, straight guys don't get distracted by female teammates and vice versa. Everyone's all about the sport.

    Also, swimming's generally not as hypermasculine as a lot of other sports. I don't think I've ever had a teammate who really cared about a gay guy being in the locker room at the same time as him.

    What I have found is that the gay guys on the swim team get "teased" in a good way.... more ass slapping/grabbing than normal, and things like that.
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    Feb 24, 2014 10:56 PM GMT
    I was really anxious about this when I went to the gym the first time when I was 17-18. It turned out not to have EVER been a problem at all. Still enjoyed a few sneaky peaks but nothing creepy at all.
    I might have had once half of a problem but I'm pretty sure it wasn't due to anyone around me at the time lol
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    Feb 24, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    I took a beginner swimming class in college, thinking that I'd learn other way to survive in a pool than doing the doggy dance, but alas it was nightmarish.

    Beginner my ass, we were already doing laps the second class, when I couldn't even swim 5 meters without drowning or getting a leg cramp. srs the obese kid looked like a dolphin compared to me, I was literally ALWAYS the LAST ONE to finish my laps while everyone was looking and waiting.

    I just withdrew and decided that day that I was doomed to never learn how to swim.
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 25, 2014 12:51 AM GMT
    Rita saidI just withdrew and decided that day that I was doomed to never learn how to swim.


    Time to get back in the pool, then! Most pools have adult swim classes, and since they're usually not large groups, the teacher can tailor the class to your needs. Knowing how to swim is such an important skill. It might save your life one day, or allow you to save someone else's.
  • tazzari

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    Feb 25, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    Just do it. I swam at a local pool three times a week for quite a while, and never had an issue or problem. After a good workout, you're just too tired to do anything but shower, dress and rest.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 25, 2014 1:04 AM GMT
    Rita saidI took a beginner swimming class in college, thinking that I'd learn other way to survive in a pool than doing the doggy dance, but alas it was nightmarish.

    Beginner my ass, we were already doing laps the second class, when I couldn't even swim 5 meters without drowning or getting a leg cramp. srs the obese kid looked like a dolphin compared to me, I was literally ALWAYS the LAST ONE to finish my laps while everyone was looking and waiting.

    I just withdrew and decided that day that I was doomed to never learn how to swim.

    Are you sure you took the correct level? I lifeguard a beginners class.... lets just say I am nervously pacing back and forth. Sounds like it wasn't the correct class. Then again I guess it depends on how much they offer, most kids wouldnt go past 10 meters.
  • swimmer29

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    Feb 25, 2014 1:05 AM GMT
    There are also quite a few gay swim clubs throughout the United States (mostly in bigger cities) and the world. There is even an international organization devoted to gay swimmers (IGLA) and they have a major swim meet every year. This year they are pairing up with the Gay Games in Cleveland. Unless you are actively looking and cruising on the pool deck or locker room, you are not going to get too excited. While there are a lot of attractive and fit men in speedos, there are just as many (if not more) of the others. :-)
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 25, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
    swimmer29 saidThere are also quite a few gay swim clubs throughout the United States (mostly in bigger cities) and the world. There is even an international organization devoted to gay swimmers (IGLA) and they have a major swim meet every year. This year they are pairing up with the Gay Games in Cleveland. Unless you are actively looking and cruising on the pool deck or locker room, you are not going to get too excited. While there are a lot of attractive and fit men in speedos, there are just as many (if not more) of the others. :-)

    I was asked to join one of those... he made it sound more like group sex rather than swimming.