Aggravated at a pool — :53 minute ePostal

Arrrrggggg! I’m a bit perturbed at a pool right now. (Wife finds it comical when I ‘get mad at pools’…which isn’t uncommon.) I’m doing the snowbird thing in Fort Lauderdale. Not my first time here, but been here a week for this current visit. Wanted to participate in the USMS 1-hour ePostal. So I looked up the times for the local municipal pool (which I’ve have swam at before in other seasons). “Lap swim 1-5pm.” Get to the pool at 1:05pm and the lifeguard says “Oh, we close at 2pm.” Apparently internet hours haven’t been updated for winter hours. I explain what I need to do…i.e. 60 minutes of swimming. She says “No worries. You have time. I can stay on deck a few extra minutes.” So, with my visiting 24-yr old son as my lap counter, after a brief warmup, I start the swim at 1:11pm. All is going well. Then, at 2:04pm, just seven minutes remaining in my hour…the head lifeguard stops me, and tells me I have to get out, the pool is closed. I explain what I’m doing, point the the female guard and said she told me she’d stay. She says “He won’t let me.” and has an apologetic look on her face. The guy is being a total dink. Fifty-three minutes wasted. Well, not wasted…it was a good swim. But whatever. I felt worse for my son…who was reluctantly counting/recording for me. But the situation really irritated him too. HE feels bad for me. But now, I think his anger has turned into motivation. He keeps asking me “When are we going back for your swim?” I think he just wants to go back there to stick it to ‘em and say HA! See, we did it in spite of you jacka$$e$.


  • I can see why you were irritated.  What harm was just 7 more minutes of swimming, especially when you had the ok to start?   If I'd been the head guard, I'd let you finish and then explain to the guard that she can't approve anything like that again.  Lesson learned, everyone goes home happy.

  •   Frustrating! Use it as fuel for next time!

  • All good now. I got the 1-hour complete at a different municipal pool here in Ft. Lauderdale. In fact, the guard from the first pool in my OP who said I could go a few minutes over…she was working at this pool. So I had the opportunity to apologize for getting frustrated in the first incident. Not with her, but with the other head guard. She appreciated the apology and said “If you need to go a couple minutes over tonight you can DEFINITELY do it. But I didn’t need to.


  • Glad to hear you got your full hour in! 

  • So I got frustrated with a pool today.  Heater went out last Friday.  I swam Saturday morning, it was a little chilly, but no big deal.  Heard later it was 78, but I'd guess it was colder (I'm guessing the "estimate" was from another swimming guessing).  Swam at different pools on Monday and Tuesday.  Went back today.....still broken.  Freaking COLD (for a pool, anyway).  Supposedly it was down to 70 on Monday (again, guessing someone was guessing).  Got 1,000 yards in and it registered to me that the pool, in addition to being cold, was murky.  And I can handle cold, but murky means the water is probably not moving, and not getting filtered, and is probably not the best environment for one to avoid things like ear infections.  So, I got out.  Swim with the local Masters program tomorrow.  Don't know what I'll do on Friday (I usually swim when my son is at the club practice, but the alternate pool on Friday would be the one they use).  May do a different Masters practice Saturday morning, since he has a meet later that day and won't be at the morning practice.

    But yes, I'm aggrevated at the pool right now.