You might be an open water swimmer if ...



  • heartheart San Francisco, CAMember
    ... when friends talk to you about Diana Nyad, you take a big breath and say, "ok, so let me explain."
  • That is so true.
  • mjstaplesmjstaples Atlanta, GA, USMember
    @heart I've said that so much over the past month!
  • NatalieswimsNatalieswims Orange County, CAMember
    You might be an open water swimmer when you crave a bowl of hot soup after a 7 am swim on a warm sunny day.
  • NatalieswimsNatalieswims Orange County, CAMember
    ....when you're at the hardware store for some home improvements, but your bf or spouse has to come find you. You're looking at hot pink twine and other cool ideas for feeding mechanisms.
  • NatalieswimsNatalieswims Orange County, CAMember
    ...when you drive on PCH and you see Catalina on a clear, still day and think son of a...why didn't I get these conditions?
  • When someone asks you where the nearest place to swim is , a pool is not the first thing that comes to mind. People still look at you funny. They wanna know where the pool is.

    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach

  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    Exactly. People come to Chicago and ask where to swim. Ummm Lake Michigan? The usual response is "ewwww"
  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasMember
    You hate cruise ships because you have to look at it all day, but you can't touch it...
  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasMember
    Every time you take your family to the beach, about 2 hours in your spouse, without prompting, sighs deeply and says, "Fine. Go ahead."
  • Crossing the Richmond /San Rafael Bridge on an earrrrly Sunday ( before dawn) you crane your neck to see through the railings to see what the water looks like....

    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach

  • SharkoSharko Sonoma County, CAMember
    edited November 2013
    Walking into the day room at the mighty South's winter...water is 49f and it's see a pilot reading the Comical....sudenly both look at Alcatraz....the swimmer says let's do it, both nod and agree.... because it has to be done!!!!

    "I never met a shark I didn't like"

  • rxleakemrxleakem Member
    edited November 2013
    ... when, while getting some tests done at the doctor's office, you are questioned as to whether you have started any new meds that might lower your heart rate. "Nope, I've just taken up endurance/marathon swimming since my last visit." ;)


  • The pharmacist thinks you are having a lot more fun with the tubs of Vaseline than you actually are.
  • ... when even the slightest scent of diesel makes you grin, inhale, and sigh happily. :)
  • You are wearing a bikini and sunscreen under your long underwear, and pack hot snaps and tea
  • you find yourself forgetting that a deck change is not widely accepted on the gym floor or yoga studio….
  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member
    edited November 2013
    ...this the end of October, nonetheless!

  • heartheart San Francisco, CAMember
    You have boat captain and kayaker friends from all over the world.
  • You have GU, goggles , caps, suits in EVERY locale, car, office , parents house, two pools..and TWO clubs.

    Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach

  • When tourists at your Florida beach eye you suspiciously and ask if you are Canadians, because those would be the only people silly enough to go frolicking in 58 degree water.
    (Then said tourists are flabbergasted because not only are you a local, plan on going in the water, but you plan on swimming in it and not coming out for four or more hours).
  • You don't wear a coat in the winter because being mildly cold is 'good training'.
  • heartheart San Francisco, CAMember
    You have interesting conversations with TSA agents about the peculiar contents of your luggage.
  • bobswimsbobswims OregonCharter Member
    When you do a workout in a pool, you never refer to it as going for a swim.
  • When you lean down to the floor and water drips out your nose.
  • GordsGords Salt Lake City, UTCharter Member
    When you see a half moon in the sky and go into flashback mode.
  • You find sea grass in your laundry as you are putting it into the dryer.
  • swimm4rswimm4r Member
    edited May 2014
    You might be an open water swimmer if you spend your free time hovering over lakes and shorelines measuring distances on Google Earth.
  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Member
    edited May 2014
    You might be a marathon swimmer the moment you realize the bubbles in your Speedo are the result of your Gatorade feeds metabolising.
  • wendyv34wendyv34 Vashon, WAMember
    Your swim suit has frozen overnight, but you put it on again in the morning anyway.

    It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.

  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member think about being eaten as often as you think about eating.


    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

  • SharkoSharko Sonoma County, CAMember

    That is very telling evmo that you gave malinaka a thumbs up on the above about this one

    You need a button hook to find it afterward


    "I never met a shark I didn't like"

  • JenAJenA Member

    Your medical file describes "extreme tolerance to cold/pain" as a "symptom". :-)

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Member

    ChickenOSea said: Exactly. People come to Chicago and ask where to swim. Ummm Lake Michigan? The usual response is "ewwww"

    When I was a kid, my family vacationed on Fire Island--Great South Bay on one side, Atlantic Ocean on the other--and one day, I came across a picture of a house with a swimming pool--and thought why would they need that?

  • SoloSolo B.C. CanadaMember

    ...When you look at the empty lake after the summer hoards have departed, gloating to yourself "It's all mine now!", and dread the coming of spring when the boaters will return.

  • KatieBunKatieBun CornwallMember

    You swim straight into the pool wall at Masters because you've zoned out and temporarily forgotten you're not in the sea. (Yes, I did it this morning.)

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