11 Reasons To Love Swimming Outside

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Now that spring is in the air… it’s time to pull off those pool covers, find that sunblock, and polish up that old pair of mirrored Swedish goggles. Here is a list from our staff on why we love to swim outside. We just can’t wait to dive into those outdoor pools.

ELEVEN

You get to create tent structures out of your kickboard and fins to shade your water bottle from the sun.

TEN

Some of the best sunsets are viewed while breathing during an evening practice.

NINE

Swimmer tan lines are hilarious… training suits tans, goggle tans and swim cap tans.

Stanford (courtesy of  Counsilman-Hunsaker)

Stanford (courtesy of Counsilman-Hunsaker)

EIGHT

The way the sun reflects off the bottom of the pool makes you feel faster. You can also use your shadow to improve on your stroke technique.

SEVEN

The dense summer fog lets you hide out from your coach at the other end of the pool during warm-up or even better, during the main set. This might be a negative or a positive when you’re swimming long course butterfly, as you can’t tell how much longer you have left in the 50!

SIX

You don’t have to worry about chloramines (bad air) that happen in an outdoor pool.

Roosevelt Park (courtesy of  Counsilman-Hunsaker)

Roosevelt Park (courtesy of Counsilman-Hunsaker)

FIVE

Vitamin D has an amazing way to make you recover between repeats faster and somehow makes the workout go by quicker.

FOUR

Metallic goggles make you feel tougher and lane rope burns from swimming backstroke outside make you look tougher still.

University of Rice (Houston, TX)  (courtesy of  Counsilman-Hunsaker)

Rice University (courtesy of Counsilman-Hunsaker)

THREE

Diving into a cold pool when its 90 Degrees outside feels way better than diving into a pool when its (-)35 degrees outside. (Cold temperature values depends on what part of the globe you reside, but cold is cold.)

TWO

Swimming under outdoor lights makes you swim faster because you envision yourself playing under “Friday Night Lights.”

White Birch Park - Hazelwood, MO (courtesy of  Counsilman-Hunsaker)

White Birch Park – Hazelwood, MO (courtesy of Counsilman-Hunsaker)

ONE

Watching a sunrise makes getting up at the crack of dawn and busting your butt at a morning workout worth it!

When you see a huge bolt of lightning on the way to the pool, you know practice has been canceled, so you and your teammates head directly to the closest hole in the wall breakfast spot!

Arizona, Univ of  (courtesy of  Counsilman-Hunsaker)

Arizona, Univ of (courtesy of Counsilman-Hunsaker)

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Richard Mull
6 years ago

Amen. The resurrection of Spring begins: especially for those in the North…

akk
6 years ago

As a Cal guy I hate to say this, but that Avery Aquatic Center is beautiful

Kirk Nelson
6 years ago

“University of Rice.” LOL!

Jennifer Parks
6 years ago

The best was when Diane Pastor found a rabbit in rigor mortis so swimmers kicked with a dead bunny on their boards. Also liked Canada geese and ducks flying into diving well (no pooping in pool). Having hockey coach tell me I was crazy to coach outside in November! Backstroking at angle to building with nothing to guage direction….but still my favorite outdoor pool.

Kirk Nelson
Reply to  Jennifer Parks
6 years ago

Hey JP, the other unique ‘feature’ of the MSU outdoor pool was the ability to write stuff on the bottom of the pool. It’s not that the pool was dirty, but for some reason something would precipitate out and settle on the bottom. I guess it’s possible it had something to do with those ducks and geese!

80sswimmer
Reply to  Jennifer Parks
6 years ago

Another unique feature of MSU pool: wasn’t it 55 yards? I swam many a morning practice there every summer. Swimming at 5:30am on the cold mornings, steam rising from the pool: Builds character!