I have to say, I am going to have to stop reading this thread, or I will not be able to go to the water park next week!
Where's it appropriate to pee at a pool or waterpark? - Page 2
Poll Results: Where have you peed at a swimming pool or waterpark?
63% (19)I always go to a toilet
23% (7)I've peed in the pool.
13% (4)I've peed in the showers
0% (0)I've peed in the grass or lounge chair
0% (0)I've peed in the dressing room
No! and Yes!
Swimmers don't pee in the pool. We hop out to the locker room. I'm a distance swimmer and swim with distance swimmers. In the winter when we are in the pool, people will sometimes get out 2 or 3 times in a two hour workout to use the toilet. Once in the great outdoors it is easier.
And, I pee in shower all the time. My bladder wouldn't have it any other way! I don't pee in public showers if I can help it.
Not all competitive swimmers pee in pools, but a lot do. Where I worked we had two very large competitive teams that both produced many top Olympians and world class swimmers. In fact my of these world class athletes trained in our facility every day. Yes I can tell you with 100% certainty that many if not most of them pee'd in the pools on a daily basis.
This would be a scheduling nightmare! I would often teach 5 straight hours because our instructors and program was so high in demand. I wouldn't get in the pool for less than two hours of lessons. It wasn't worth my time, nor did I have to. I could easily teach 8 (often more) hours a day with only a half hour or hour break somewhere. Why would I *want* to get out of the water where I was warm to lose money and time when I could be teaching to be cold and miserable just because? I'm not saying every instructor pee'd in the pool every single lesson or time they taught, but the odd time? Yeah it happened because it was our work.
Just like sometime's I'd leak breast milk while teaching lessons... There's also saliva, mucous, dead skin cells and seman floating around in pools too. Does it all contribute to the off gassing? Yep. Is it gross? Yep... Is it simply an aspect of going to the pool...? Yep!
Isn't that where the 25 minute private lesson came from? It hasn't been proven that 25 minutes is the perfect length of time for a 5 year old to learn to swim! 30 and 45 minute lessons are the norm. But if you have two 30 minute lessons and then a 45 minute lesson you need a bit of time to look at your roster, grab some food, hit the toilet (although it appears that is up for debate!) and get ready for the next round of lessons. Out of the water instructors can go longer.
(Coaches like the ones my kids have can go for hours! They barely look up from their phones to notice the team...... )
Pool scheduling (along with hockey rinks, indoor soccer and lacrosse fields) is all based on cramming in as many people as possible during the time frame everyone wants. You want to maximize both your facility and your staff. Sounds like you know that as well as I do!
Lessons were our biggest money maker and we needed to have as many at one time as possible so other times could have free/family/fun swims. We ran a LOT of lessons and were highly sought after. Parents would not have been happy with 25 min lessons and frankly neither would we. Would we have been paid a full thirty minutes? And who was paying for that. The parents or the facility. Our privates were always third minutes too. And a 45 min class would almost always be given to an instructor that could teach the next 45 min class or had a private or few after. Our lesson sets ran almost all day on Tuesday and Thursday and often most of the other days except Sunday. I could easily get 4-5 hrs straight on a Saturday morning!
Different strokes and pools for different folks. I have seen things run differently at different pools. Where we are now my kids instructor was only in the water for 30 mins. Sorry, I would almost never have gotten in the water for that amount of time. We were I guess hardcore at our jobs and we were GOOD! And there was A LOT of us. We could easily have 30-35 instructors in the water at one time. But we had a huge facility and swimming lessons like I said was our biggest money maker. We were often sold out in minutes of them opening the lesson registration.
A lot of competitive swimmers pee in pools... Baby Swim diapers don't bulk up because they don't hold in the urine, a fact that many many a parent learned while waiting for the water slide at the pool I used to guard at. And many swim instructors/lifeguards pee in pools too... not because they want to... but when you are teaching 5 hours of lessons back to back to back and no breaks with strict boss' you don't really have any other choice.
I wasn't surprised that about 25% of moms confessed to peeing in the pool, frankly I would have guessed more. I confess that many times I have, out of an urgent need or when I didn't want to leave the kids. I was a bit surprised that my daughter came up with the idea it was perfectly normal to do so, when I'd never suggested doing so. Anyway, unless you talk about it, no one ever knows you do it, so I'm not to concerned about her, but I am still a bit concerned about my son getting in trouble in the locker rooms.
And yes, many men do pee in the showers of locker rooms. How would I know? From working at a pool complex for many years and to now managing it, I've seen and heard many things over the years. I soon realized that what I initially thought to be a disgusting habit, actually made my job easier. You see, when you walk into a rather dirty shower, what catches your eye is the very clean corner or a half circle of wall without that darkness of mold. It doesn't take much imagination to realize a man urinated there. Of course, we need to clean the whole room anyway, but it certainly isn't making any more work for us. Initially, I assumed it was the boys whom were guilty of the act, but over the years I've realized that the senior men swimming in the early morning are the worst offenders! And as with the pool, I know that many of our male guards as well as the former manager pee in the showers as well. The thing is, there's absolutely no harm in them doing it, (if anything helps to remove some of the molds) and it seems to be somewhat of a liberating thing for the guys. So I wouldn't worry about it too much "Beachmom" you'll never stop them anyway.
Is it really common for men to pee openly in the showers? I don't see it as being harmful, but would other men find it inappropriate or is that just something a mom would think of?