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aztimm
November 22nd, 2008, 11:05 PM
Hello--

I'll be in Paris, France for vacation in a few weeks and thought I'd see if anyone here has experiences swimming there. Ideally, I'd love to find a team to workout with, but I don't speak French, so I don't know how that would go.

Appreciate any info anyone may have. Thanks!

swoomer
November 23rd, 2008, 12:44 PM
I swam in Paris a few years ago and found it to be a wild experience. Every arondissment (sp) has a neighborhood pool. While they do have lap lanes, they are extremely crowded, so if you're expecting a good workout, you'll be disappointed. I never did understand their rules of etiquette which might mean there aren't any. You definitely need a good sense of humor. They do seem to divide their lanes by relative speed, and in some cases by stroke as well, but it is relative to some unknown standard.

The best place I found was the 50m pool at Pompidou center. Same number of people, just more room.

I know there must be organized teams somewhere in the city. I was just unsuccessful in finding one. Good luck!

swimcat
November 24th, 2008, 03:09 PM
I swam in Paris a few years ago and found it to be a wild experience. Every arondissment (sp) has a neighborhood pool. While they do have lap lanes, they are extremely crowded, so if you're expecting a good workout, you'll be disappointed. I never did understand their rules of etiquette which might mean there aren't any. You definitely need a good sense of humor. They do seem to divide their lanes by relative speed, and in some cases by stroke as well, but it is relative to some unknown standard.

The best place I found was the 50m pool at Pompidou center. Same number of people, just more room.

I know there must be organized teams somewhere in the city. I was just unsuccessful in finding one. Good luck!

i too have swam in paris. the 50 m pool at les halles underground. it was about what 3 ft deep. i also swam at georges vallery pool way out, it hosted the olympics in 19?? . it was 33 1/3 m. set up but was a 50m pool. also in the 9th there are some pools. did check out a few teams but come on your in paris ....eat, drink and be merry....:)
be ready for arm to arm combat though:chug:

aztimm
November 24th, 2008, 03:46 PM
Thanks for the replies. I'll be going to Paris from London, where I'm planning to swim 2-3 times with a masters team there. So it won't be the end of the world if I miss a few days. I was kind of thinking it may be worth it just for the novelty of the whole experience.

I'll check at the hotel where I'm staying and see if they know anything, if I get a real itch to swim. I have been listening to some French language podcasts ("Coffee Break French," is pretty good) so I may be able to survive with a team if I had to.

nhc
November 24th, 2008, 10:08 PM
How much do you pay for 1 day for the pools in Paris? Also what's the difference from U.S. pools (rules, etc.)?

swimcat
November 25th, 2008, 08:55 AM
i the swimmers guide lists pools all over the world. it tells price if they know. each pool in paris is different. i do remember putting clothes in a basket no locked lockers. there are no rules hahahah
joking. they should be posted at pool. i am pretty sure showering before entering is one rule. the word for kickboard is planche and pull buoy is the same. i would never brave it again. i just walked all over the city.
www.swimmersguide.com (http://www.swimmersguide.com)
lists pools in the 4th and 12th arrondisement as having masters team. sort of far out these 2 pools. it has links to pools, don't know how up to date the info is.,

OldH2O
November 25th, 2008, 09:54 AM
Hello--

I'll be in Paris, France for vacation in a few weeks and thought I'd see if anyone here has experiences swimming there. Ideally, I'd love to find a team to workout with, but I don't speak French, so I don't know how that would go.

Appreciate any info anyone may have. Thanks!


I found this link

http://www.ffnatation.fr/webffn/structures.php?idact=mtr&idreg=13&iddep=075
try the listed email

nhc
November 25th, 2008, 11:51 AM
there are no rules hahahah
joking. they should be posted at pool. i am pretty sure showering before entering is one rule. the word for kickboard is planche and pull buoy is the same. i would never brave it again. i just walked all over the city.
www.swimmersguide.com (http://www.swimmersguide.com)

Cool, thanks. Are the French public good swimmers (the ones seen at the pools, compared to seen at U.S. pools)? Aren't they supposed to be more civil? ;)

swimmj
November 25th, 2008, 01:50 PM
We went to the pool at Les Halles, and found that the lanes were divided by stroke, according to the signs. And we went to the freestyle lane and ran into someone swimming breaststroke, very slowly.... so, as often seems to happen in Paris, the rules are a suggestion. We still had fun and got a nice
workout in. Bring your sense of humor along with your suit and towel and you will be fine.

--mj

nhc
January 6th, 2009, 12:46 AM
The best place I found was the 50m pool at Pompidou center.


i too have swam in paris. the 50 m pool at les halles underground. it was about what 3 ft deep.


We went to the pool at Les Halles, and found that the lanes were divided by stroke, according to the signs. ....Bring your sense of humor along with your suit and towel and you will be fine.
--mj

I will be in Paris and am starting to dream of swimming in this place - I just want to swim in a 50m pool :) A few practical questions about the facility for those who've been there in fairly recent years:

1. You need to bring your own towel? (as swimmj said)

2. Do you need to bring your own padlock? Big or small? (it matters!) How big is the locker--can it contain all winter clothing and backpack?

3. How are the showers? Does the water run continuously, or is it the type of push-button-for-30-seconds shower?

Thanks :)

swimcat
January 7th, 2009, 06:21 PM
i did bring my own towel. always travel with a thin one from the dollar store, in case i lose it somewhere.
i think they put your clothes in a basket. like a small basket. ( don';t quote me, it may have changed. ) i was sorta distressed over this as my wallet went on the pool deck with me and my glasses( wear contacts, but not when i swim).
showers can't remember - .
hope it is or was a great trip.
see if you can carry your backpack on deck... i think there are benches.


:)

nhc
January 7th, 2009, 11:45 PM
Thanks swimcat :) I'm going next week :D I can't imagine putting wallet (and perhaps even passport) on the deck while swimming underwater :eek:

FishFerBrains
January 12th, 2009, 08:38 AM
Thanks swimcat :) I'm going next week :D I can't imagine putting wallet (and perhaps even passport) on the deck while swimming underwater :eek:

Nhc - Let me know where you went and how it went for you. I've just been relocated to France and will be checking out these pool in the northern part of Paris and reporting here.

I'm not sure how many (if any) have organized workouts, but that's the only way I stay motivated. :)

More to come.

- Keith

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36 boulevard de Reims,
75017 Paris
• Métro 3, Station Porte de Champerret : 5 mins walk; tel 01.47.66.49.98

LEVALLOIS - Bassin de 25m
29 rue Brossolette,
92300 Levallois
• Metro 3 Ponte Levallois: 12 mins 01.47.39.99.00

COURBEVOIE (Charras) 2 grands bassins : 50 x 20 m & 25 x 12,50 m http://www.ville-courbevoie.fr/loisirs/sport/piscine/
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NEUILLY Grand bassin, Centre aquatique http://www.ville-neuillysurseine.fr/1-13387-Centre-aquatique.php
27 bd d’Inkermann, 92200 Neuilly
• Metro 3 Ponte Levallois. Walk: 20 min
01.41.92.02.20