View Full Version : Where do you swim (open water, outdoor pool, indoor pool...)

March 1st, 2009, 12:41 PM
I suppose most will say indoor pool and few (lucky ones) swim in the ocean all the time, but it would be interesting to see the numbers :) Thanks for taking the poll!

Edit: If you swim in lakes, please choose the second option, which is meant to be "Open water--river or lake, pond,... any open water that is not the ocean". "Other" includes bathtubs :D

March 1st, 2009, 02:20 PM
I'm in Maine, so for most of the year the indoor pool is the only option. But in the summer, I'll swim in a local lake, race in the ocean, and workout in our only outdoor (and semi-heated) pool.

March 1st, 2009, 03:34 PM
My favorite type of pool to swim in is a nice outdoor 50m pool on a beautiful summer day :) But unfortunately I usually swim indoors....

March 1st, 2009, 04:03 PM
I almost always swim in an indoor pool because that's the only option around here for 9 months of the year

WHen I was in high school I swam on an AAU team here in Worcester that practiced in a lake course - two docks 50 meters apart with lane lines running between. It was great! Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY used to have a similar set-up...I wonder if they still do. I loved those lake courses.

When I lived on Cape COd the best swim was to hop in the water at one beach and swim along the shore to the next beach (or town) then turn around and swim back. AHHHHHH Cape Cod Bay.

When my kids were little I'd set them up with a picnic blanket and some stuff to do and I'd go swim in a Creek and do kind of a "treadmill swim" against the current for a nice no-babysitter-needed workout!

But now it's the Y in the winter or one of the UNHEATED outdoor city or state pools in the summer - but an outdoor swim is always the best

March 1st, 2009, 05:08 PM
After two weeks in Hawaii I can't wait for the Centennial Park pool in Wilmette, IL to open for the summer... :bouncing:

March 1st, 2009, 05:26 PM
left out... open water lake

March 1st, 2009, 05:31 PM
left out... open water lake

Sorry, I would make the second option "River or Lake". :D

March 1st, 2009, 07:16 PM
I would rather do OW lake or outdoor pool, but my schedule and budget make indoor swimming my most frequent.

March 1st, 2009, 07:39 PM
Last summer was the first summer in 11 years that I was able to do alot of LCM training. When I was training alot of 2004, I was only able to do Sunday LCM swimming. It was really fun to train LCM every morning last summer. I can't wait for this summer. We usually train at the Martin's Dam Swim Club in Wayne, PA(5 minutes from the King of Prussia Mall). I also do some LCM training at the Upper Main Line Y in Berwyn, PA. The pool is actually an above ground long course pool. It is good to train on because it is 50 meters but awful for meets. Winter is at the Ridley YMCA or Villanova.

Redbird Alum
March 2nd, 2009, 03:42 PM
Indoors, even during the few nice months...

...there is a shortage of outdoor locales left, what with most public pools being converted to splash-pools with no "lanes".

jim clemmons
March 2nd, 2009, 03:47 PM
"Other" includes bathtubs :D

Must be Dolphin 2's training location.


March 2nd, 2009, 04:09 PM
For SCY, our team practices at the rec center or at Southwestern University. LCM we practice at a city outdoor pool. This is what I am gathering is the favorite time of year to swim for all those people who live up north. In Austin, it is almost too hot to be outside and swimming outdoors becomes less fun. The water temps rise up to 88-91 in a 6 ft deep pool. I would much rather swim indoors. I don't do any ow swims unless I am at the beach for vacation. :cool:

March 2nd, 2009, 07:39 PM
Indoor all winter . a little in summer getting ready for team triathlons.

March 2nd, 2009, 07:52 PM
Both indoor and outdoor. October through April I swim in an indoor 25 yard pool. May through September in the outdoor 25 meter pool.

Doug Adamavich
March 3rd, 2009, 11:33 AM
When I was in Age Group/HS/College in MN, all of my training (except summer) was indoor 25Y pools. There was a YMCA that had an outdoor 50M pool we used during the summer for morning workouts.

In AZ, all of my training is outdoors. There is nothing better, even during the winter months swimming outside is SO much better than being inside. The only times I have swum inside is when I have been at NAU (Flagstaff, AZ) for meets.

March 4th, 2009, 12:20 AM
Well, looks like those living near the ocean are too happy to turn on their computers and visit this forum :rolleyes:

March 4th, 2009, 01:05 AM
I swim in a 25m indoor pool 9 months a year and in a lake in the middle of the city (town) for 3 months.

we don't have a 50m pool with in 30 miles, but I am hoping to get some 50m training next summer.

January 18th, 2017, 11:27 AM
Indoor pool at a college. Right now my wife is a student there so I swim for free. When she graduates in April I will be paying about $50 a month to use the pool. Since swimming has alleviated the pain I get from a congenital back problem, and surgery has been discussed, it will be worth the price.

January 18th, 2017, 02:07 PM
Indoor "pool"? Are there other "indoor" options? Indoor ocean and indoor river.


Mark Usher
January 18th, 2017, 02:43 PM
Living in FL, I get to swim outside year-round. We'll get a few chilly mornings in the mid-to-high 30's during January and February; It's great getting in, but a mad dash for your towel or locker room when getting out.

When I was still doing triathlons, I'd also swim in the Gulf of Mexico once a week with my triathlon club, though wet suits were usually required from November through April.


January 19th, 2017, 02:18 PM
Mostly outdoor 50 meter pool. On the occasional very cold day, I may swim indoors, but that is only a few times per winter.

January 28th, 2017, 09:23 PM
All of the above... depends on what's available usually dictated by time of the year. For winter, indoor 25 yd pool (masters group and solo); for summer, outdoor 50m pool (masters group), also open water--river swims w/ masters group, bay/lake swims in races, occasional ocean swims, though usually not too comfortable w/ those.