The Vancouver Sun reports that swimmer Rebecca Sharp nearly gave birth 32 weeks into her pregnancy after being head-butted in the stomach at the Kitsilano Pool. Sharp is now calling for a crackdown on bad swimming behaviour.
“What happened last year was that a guy was in front of me and he got to the end … and he just did a tumble turn straight back,” she said. “He went straight into my stomach.”
Sharp said she was helped out of the pool and taken to a lifeguarding station where she waited for an ambulance to arrive, soaking wet and cold from the breeze.
“I was in a lot of pain,” she said, adding that she began having contractions.
She was taken to hospital, where a midwife was called just in case Sharp began to give birth.
“Eventually everything subsided,” she said.
“The baby was born on time and I had a girl; she’s wonderful.”
Obviously, swimming isn’t a contact sport. To Sharp, the rules for lane swimming are pretty simple. She compares it to driving saying:
“You give way, and then you move across and then you swim back the other way.”
Appropriate pool etiquette w/length swimming
So what is appropriate pool etiquette with length swimming? According to Sean Healy, the supervisor of aquatic services at the Vancouver Park Board, lifeguards are well aware that poor lane choice can lead to problems, and they work hard to correct bad behaviour in the pool.
The rules are simple: If slower swimmers are repeatedly passed, it’s appropriate for them to move down a level. In the case where faster swimmers are constantly passing people, they should move up a level.
Traffic at Kits Pool
When I’m at Kits Pool, the lifeguards seem very interactive and aware of lane traffic. Perhaps, if swimming is like driving, then the occasional merging incident is both unfortunate and inevitable. But maybe you’ve had a different experience? And it never hurts to brush up manners.
At last, the summer sun is out. What are some common pool rules that need reinforcing?
Last modified: August 2, 2011