I have recently started swimming laps in the gym pool. I decided I was in a rut and I needed to shake things up a bit. I have only been swimming three or four times, and I will admit that I might not have all the swimming and lane etiquette down yet.
There is a water aerobics class early in the morning, and lap swimming begins when that ends. Conveniently, that happens to be just after I drop the C-man off at school and drive over there.
So today after they put the lane markers back up, there was somebody swimming in three of the four lanes. In lane number four two of the women from the water aerobics class were standing in the water chatting. Now, at our pool, you don’t double up in lanes until every lane is full.
I assumed that these women would be done in a minute, and I got in that lane. They stayed there. I started swimming. When I got to them I excused myself and apologized. They said I was fine and kept right on talking. And the way they were standing in the lane meant the only way past them was to swim between them. So I swam between them since they didn’t seem to care, and also didn’t seem inclined to get out of my way. They stayed there chatting for 15 or twenty minutes. Meanwhile, I was swimming between them every minute or so.
My question is, does this seem rude to you? I know they were in the lane first, but I would assume that people who are actually swimming should have priority over two women who are discussing their Thanksgiving plans. You would be surprised how much conversation you can overhear in that situation.
I found the whole thing very irritating.