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Looking for Fun Lake/Swimming Activities and Games I Can Play by Myself

What are fun games and activities I can play in a lake with little or no equipment and ideally no other people? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Chasing waterfalls - kid friendly Toronto edition

Looking for a recommendation for a park or conservation area within an hour drive of Toronto. Travelling with kids who love swimming, and exploring waterfalls, but aren’t up to long or rugged hikes. Hoping to encounter waterfalls, ideally combined with the swimming area. Requirements – kid friendly swimming, some kind of washroom available, parking / drive in location. Does this place exist?
posted by walkinginsunshine on Aug 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I swim in open water in Fairfax County, Virginia?

I - rather foolishly perhaps - registered for an upcoming triathlon, which will include an open water swim in a local lake. Like a lot of beginning triathletes I gather, I find the swimming portion the most intimidating so I've been taking some lap classes at nearby rec centers, etc. But I'd like to get some open water experience before race day. This is turning out to be the last great taboo. Skateboarding may not be a crime, but it sure looks like swimming is. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Jul 30, 2014 - 10 answers

how to listen to music while swimming?

I saw a guy at the pool the other day wearing a headphone apparatus, he said it was a waterproof mp3 player. Upon checking Amazon I see there is a wide variety of such devices. What's the best combination of value and reliability for something like this? It needs to be wireless, to not get tangled up, and somehow it needs to not come loose during vigorous lap swimming… anyone know what works? (By the way I see this question from 2010, and I will check out the one recommended product, but maybe there is more on the market now four years later?)
posted by fingersandtoes on Jul 24, 2014 - 14 answers

My son is panicking about learning to swim. Help?

My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2014 - 43 answers

Get Me to Some Water, Stat

Dearest Mefites with Missouri Knowledge: it is so hot, and I want to go swimming so badly! And I mean real swimming -- none of this water park or public pool business. Please tell me of the best waterholes near St. Louis, MO. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Jun 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Bathing Suit Needed, Difficulty Level : I'm Not a Baby And It's Not 1983

My sister recently unearthed this photo of Wee Baby JulThumbscrew experiencing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. I developed an immediate, nigh-unto incapacitating desire for an adult-sized version of the swimsuit I was wearing in the photo. Does a grown-up version of this thing exist? WHERE?! If not, is anyone making decent custom swimwear these days (perhaps on Etsy)? Thanks, Hive!
posted by julthumbscrew on Apr 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Swim gear

I'd like to start swimming more regularly. I want some gear that will make it easier. I need goggles, earplugs, and a cap. Also, what's your favorite piece of swimming gear? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Apr 9, 2014 - 25 answers

Gym swimming logistics?

I just joined a local gym with a lap pool and I'd like to start swimming regularly again. What's the usual logistics routine for people that swim at a gym? Obviously I'll be bringing a change of clothes and a towel, but how should I deal with the wet towel and wet swim trunks afterwards? Any general tips from experienced gym swimmers?
posted by kmz on Jan 8, 2014 - 28 answers

Anybody deeply fond of their flotation belt?

I love deep water running. The pool has a couple of varieties of flotation belts, I've purchased my own; they're all okay, but none of them are great. And none of them last long before they start falling apart (granted, they spend a lot of time immersed in chlorine, not so great for foam). [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Knots, Samurais and lots and lots of water

Questions about keeping things tied underwater, and one about swimming a long, long way on a single breath. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Nov 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should I go to stretch after swimming?

I'm having a terrible time figuring out where to do my 10-15 minute full-body stretch after swimming. I feel like an alien visitor to Planet Gym, and I have been trying determine where it is culturally acceptable to do this activity, but remain unsure. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Oct 16, 2013 - 16 answers

Do you feel like swimming?

I would like to start swimming laps as part of a fitness regime. Special snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Oct 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Where can I swim laps in Seoul?

Can you recommend a clean, reasonably priced pool for lap swimming in Seoul? [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Oct 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me move forward - from the shallow end.

I recently started swimming laps about four days a week. I do breaststrokes, backstrokes, and forward crawls. Unfortunately, those latter two are harder than they ought to be, because my kick does no work. When I try to swim forward using only a kickboard and my legs, I don't go anywhere. Sometimes, I even start going backwards. Maybe my legs are too weak and my body too heavy, but I suspect it's a fault in my form. I'll talk with a teacher soon, and I'll probably take lessons again at the next available session, because this feels like a basic problem. (Personal) instruction aside, what online resources - videos and whatnot - are there to help me with this? How do you swim a length on a kickboard? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Sep 26, 2013 - 18 answers

How to keep my hair dry while swimming?

My mid back length hair is very thick and is color treated. I've been thinking about lap swimming for exercise, but how can I manage my hair? I usually wash it once a week, do not use hair dryers and like to let it air dry. It usually takes several hours for my hair to air dry, which is fine for once a week, but I can't imagine having wet hair 5 days a week. Another concern is the chlorine effecting the dark blonde color and turning it green. A swim cap would be logical, but my research shows they are not waterproof. How do I keep my hair healthy while trying to keep my body healthy?
posted by JujuB on Sep 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Please help me work up the nerve to start lap swimming again

I've done lap swimming very intermittently over the last 20 or so years. I think I'm an okay swimmer - I always did well enough when I was in practice - and I always liked the activity itself (made me feel a little more graceful than IRL). I can keep myself from drowning but I am way out of shape. I am motivated to start exercising and swimming is going to be the best option for my needs but I am really anxious about going. [more inside]
posted by Beti on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

swimming scenes in fiction

What are some memorable scenes from literature that center around swimming, and/or use swimming as a metaphor? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Sep 21, 2013 - 52 answers

Searching for LTR With Quality Swimgear

Can you guys please help me find swim gear that works? Everything that I buy is crap. Do they even make stuff that's good? Or is it just understood that it's all garbage and if you're a serious swimmer, you have to buy new junk every month or two? [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Sep 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Camping + swimming in northern California?

I'd like to go somewhere in northern California where I can camp--either tent camping or cabin-type camping--on or very near a lake that I can also swim in. Any suggestions? Pretty much anywhere from the central valley to the CA/OR border is fair game. I'd also be OK with less-rustic accommodations on or very near a swim-in-able lake.
posted by rhiannonstone on Sep 7, 2013 - 12 answers

How to recover from a swimming position to avoid doing the somersault?

Hello, I'm an adult learning how to swim. I've been learning how to swim by myself at a YMCA pool where there's a lifeguard around. I have been able to do the streamline kick without floatie at the 3-ft end. However, I realize that when I start adding the arm movement, I lose my balance on the water and I start to panic. At certain times, I felt like I would start doing the somersault if I wasn't near the edge of the pool to grab onto it. Can you show me an effective way to recover and get my feet down to the bottom of the pool and get my head back up? When I swim toward the deeper end, there's more buoyancy and I panic when I can't get my feet down. Thanks so much for your advice!
posted by missybitsy on Sep 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Pregnant triathlete gifts?

A triathlete friend is 3 months pregnant...I'd like to get her something to make her running/swimming/biking nicer as she progresses, what might she need? I was thinking a support belt of some kind for running, any recommendations? Suggestions for other 'must haves'?
posted by lemonade on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Will my dog ever swim?

Has anyone ever changed a non-swimming dog into one who likes to swim? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Aug 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Need help translating Chinese text

Will someone please help with a translation question? We can't run it through google translate because it's an image, not text. [more inside]
posted by jschu on Aug 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for a specific swimming hole near Kaaterskill Waterfall, NY

Please help me find the specific swimming hole that I went to 7 years ago near Kaaterskill Creek in the Catskills, or recommend other nice swimming holes in the area. [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Aug 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Advice Needed! Should I quit on this swim instructor?

I'm an adult learning to swim for the first time at the YMCA. I've only had 1 lesson so far and the instructor seemed encouraging. However, he did not address my fear of water and did not take the time to help me become comfortable with the water (submerging my face in the water, etc.). On the first day, he showed me how to kick while sitting on the pool edge, how to float on my back, how to kick using kickboard, and then he moved on to telling me to put my hands up in a torpedo position, face in the water, then glide forward while kicking. He was on the other side to catch me. I sunk every single attempt and he kept telling me to try again. I was so terrified that I don't want to come back to next class. Since then, I've been coming to the pool and practicing on my own. I feel like I'm more comfortable than the first day but I'm still afraid to come back for the next lesson this Saturday. This is the first instructor I've ever had so I'm not sure how to judge how he's doing. Do you think I should quit and get another one? The staff members at the Y that I've talked to told me that he's a good instructor but can be a very demanding. Please give me your advice! Thank you!
posted by missybitsy on Aug 8, 2013 - 50 answers

Why does swimming make me nauseated?

After not swimming for a very, very long time (swam for a neighborhood swim team as a kid, swam a lot through high school but after that, nothing beyond splashing around) I'm trying to get back into it as an exercise regime. Only problem is, after only a few laps, I'm nauseated. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jul 27, 2013 - 25 answers

Desperately looking for options so I can go swimming

Alternative options for finding an indoor pool to go swimming in the early afternoon. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on May 15, 2013 - 22 answers

Can one wetsuit do all of this? (Sailing/Swimming)

Looking for a wetsuit that I could use for late fall/winter swimming + Spring/Fall/Winter Sailing. Can I get all that in one suit? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Filter 1=Dallas Fort Worth metroplex; Filter 2=Pool Electric specialty

Good day, fellow Me-Fites! I am having a little difficulty locating an experienced electrician that will be able to resolve the intermittent issue we are having with the electric run to our swimming pool equipment. sometimes the pump comes on and sometimes it doesn't... I will of course be happy to receive your helpful suggestions and recommendations. Oh, and we live in Carrollton if that helps.
posted by rxbert on Apr 8, 2013 - 1 answer

Infant Swimming Resource

Does anyone have experience with Infant Swimming Resource (ISR)? I'm considering it for my 9 month old. Were the first few lessons as terrible as I've heard? Is the end result as consistently wonderful as claimed? Is it worth the price?
posted by groar on Mar 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Now that WeEndure is shutting down...

Now that WeEndure is going away, I need somewhere to track my exercise. There are a number of places that have biking and running, but not swimming. I'd prefer simpler to the more complex sites like MapMyRun (which, again, doesn't do swimming, from what I can see). I have seen this and wondered what things are out there, four years later. Bonus: a place that I can dump all my WeEndure data into so I hit the ground running. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

NYC - Brooklyn Bridge Swim 2013

Have you participated in the annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim (or other similar NYC SWIM event)? If you or someone close to you has, I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I continue with my swimming lessons?

Should I continue my swimming lessons? I'm an exchange student, and I'm thinking of spending part of my grant on finally getting a good grasp of swimming, but not sure if it's worth it. Moar details to follow. [more inside]
posted by lethologues on Nov 1, 2012 - 13 answers

How to swim? Rather, how to exist comfortably in water?

Help me learn how to swim. No, scratch that; help me learn how to learn how to swim. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Oct 6, 2012 - 26 answers

What's better: salt water or chlorine pool?

I'm planning to have an in-ground pool installed in my backyard. Which would be better: a chlorine system or a salt water system? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Oct 3, 2012 - 16 answers

What's it like to be an adult swimming beginner?

Adult swimming beginners: what motivated you to learn how to swim? What techniques did you find useful in swimming lessons and what things made you uncomfortable? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot on Oct 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Swimming gear help please!

Goggles and swimming cap acquisition tips please! [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Will a swim shirt help keep me warm in the pool?

Is there a swim shirt that will help keep me warm in the pool? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Pool Solar Cover Reel Recomendation

Can anyone recommend a good Solar Cover Reel for an 18'x36' size pool? All the reviews seem bad and the industry as a whole doesn't seem on the up and up. I'm currently looking for one that will go over my low profile diving board and have found the following one for $399 that seems the best one I can find. - "http://www.solarcovers.com/product/solar-cover-reels/commercial-reels/commercial-grade-reel/commercial-grade-solar-reel-for-pools-up-to-20-ft-wide-locking-casters-included" - Can you let me know what you recommend for a different one or what your opinion is of the one I found? I hate to spend sooo much money on something that might not be up to par. Thanks!
posted by kmurray24 on Aug 9, 2012 - 2 answers

I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP.

I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Aug 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Learning how to swim! As an adult.

I am 28 years old and never learned how to swim. I'm about to learn. Advice? Tips? Is it too late for me? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jul 17, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me swim, not sink.

You've taken the two-day Total Immersion workshop. Please tell me about your experience, and what my expectations should be. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Sick of nothing but pavement, cars and strip malls.

Looking for a good, free place to go swimming or camping without tons of people within 25 miles of Lowell, MA. Feel free to message me privately if you don't want to let the whole wide world know about it. In a pinch we'd be willing to drive a bit further.
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Just 14 more out-and-backs! (Sigh.)

What do you think about when you're swimming laps? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Jun 19, 2012 - 30 answers

Outdoor Swimming in the Hudson Valley

[New York State Filter] Looking for suggestions on where to find great outdoor places to swim (easy rivers, lakes, swimming holes) in the Lower to Mid Hudson Valley (New York). [more inside]
posted by Meat Puppet on Jun 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Where is this (probably imaginary) swimming pool.

My wife, as a very small child, lived in Ealing and claims to remember a swimming pool with a giant glass wall so you could watch people diving into it from the side. Have you heard of anything like this? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Surf before you crawl?

Learning to surf with a lousy front crawl? [more inside]
posted by veryape on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Swimmingfilter: looking for tips to look good for and after my swimming lessons

Swimmingfilter: looking for tips to look good for and after my swimming lessons [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Apr 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Dry swimming pool?

Will leaving a swimming pool dry damage it? [more inside]
posted by txmon on Mar 7, 2012 - 10 answers

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