I went to the Balboa Pool again to swim this morning and picked the middle lane. This time, the two people sharing the lane with me were fairly slow, but they were lovely and we all got along just fine. After about 15 minutes, the lifeguard called me and said, “what gave you the idea of coming in this morning?”
Taken a bit aback, I said, “well, I had a free hour, lap swim was listed on the website, and I wanted to swim.”
The lifeguard said, “sorry about the confusion, but it’s Senior Swim hour.”
Then I noticed that everyone around me was fairly slow. I apologized, explained I had no idea, and since the lifeguard saw I was watching out for the other folks he let me stay.
What resulted was a 2.5k reminiscent of open water, because I had to constantly lift my eyes and sight for, well, marine life. 🙂 But it all went fine, and they handed me an updated schedule.
The first thing I thought was that many of the fastest, most accomplished swimmers I know could be counted as “seniors”, so age, especially in swimming, is not a great idea as a big divider. But devoting an hour to slow swimmers and allowing them to calmly do their workout without a lot of passes and splashing strikes me as a marvelous idea. It’s exactly what a community pool should do! So, no more late-morning swims for me. Instead, I’ll go in the afternoon, and work out at the Mission Pool when I want morning workouts.
As an aside, the way the community pools are managed almost suggests that the City of San Francisco doesn’t want us to swim. You have to have exact change going in–$6–and, if you want to buy a booklet with ten entrances, you’ll have to pay cash or check at City Hall. It’s a ridiculous way of doing things, and I wonder with whom I should speak to change it.