Back in January I reported to you about the opening of the Olympic pool. Well, I have sooooo enjoyed the past nine months swimming there! The people are great, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about Profe Rafael, who heads up the pool and teaches everyone willing to learn who shows up. He has an incredible work ethic, is an all around nice guy, and he really knows how to teach!
Rafa tells me that the pool now has over 1000 people registered to use it. That is terrific! Despite the lack of state or local funds to finish the project (I told you in January how the bathrooms, showers and bleachers weren’t yet finished), Rafa has managed to squirrel away enough money to get the bathrooms, showers and changing rooms for the women finished! Hooray! They are spacious and functional. There are ladders to get in and out more easily, and during kid swim times they put in platforms so the kids can rest without having to tread water.
Many of the Playa Norte Swim Club members come to the pool when they are not swimming in the ocean, as it’s easier to keep track of distance in the pool, time yourself, and they enjoy Rafa’s teaching. He doesn’t really tell you a whole lot about what to do, he just gives you a lot of different exercises using pull buoys, kick boards, swim paddles, and even flippers/swimfins. Using these items you really begin to feel (rather than think about) how you should be stroking or kicking; it’s quite amazing. There are also lots of swim teams that work out at the pool, primarily training here before major meets. The young energy is a hoot, and there are loads of older swimmers, too. It’s great to have a group of dedicated, fun-loving people to work out with.
The pool hours are pretty amazing, given the fact that there are only two instructors and they are out in the hot sun every day:
- Mon-Fri, 5am-11am, 4pm-9pm
- Sat, 5am-1pm
The price is still 500 pesos per month, and you can take classes if you don’t want to just free swim. The pool is on Ejército Mexicano just south of Avenida de los Deportes (the with University Autónoma de Sinaloa and the Aquarium), on the west side. Entrance is under the giant Tecate sign.
I usually swim in the morning, but last week I had early morning appointments a few days, so I ended up going at night. I was amazed at what a family hangout the pool has become! Parents sit around in the cool night air chatting and snacking as they watch their kids in swim classes. It was really wonderful. So, tonight when I went for a swim I took my camera. The donut man has found the location, so you can now easily eat three times the calories you burn swimming. Click on any photo to enlarge it or view a slideshow.
If you haven’t checked out the new pool, be sure to do so. It rocks. And remember, come winter, it’s heated.
Beautiful looking! Thank you for the update!
The pool is such a great addition to our city. I am so very grateful for it.
Great, will be there ASAP.
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Enjoy! Please tell Rafa that Dianne (Sra Diana) sent you 😉
Thanks Dianne, I had no idea we could use the pool, I may have to give it a go!
Definitely! It’s a public pool! Supported by IMDEM (municipal sports) and the state.
A few comments. First time user pays a registration fee of 200 Ps, then the rate for one day (150), a week or a month (500). Or there is a 10-visits card as well for, I think, 350. Make sure you renew each month before the 5th: otherwise they start at the bottom. Strange, You also have to choose your daily time of visit (unless you choose the ten visits card): I did not like that because I never know about my transportation or other matters affecting timing. I guess it is what it is, and i hope they will not be so strict on this.Unless there is crowding. Also there is a requirement for tight swim wear (“olympic”), wearing of goggles (none ever fit me) and a swim cap (gorro). Just bought some at Walmart. I did not ask about fins and snorkels which I never use. There is also a section with (i think) 25 m distance lanes which were not used at 10 am. Not sure whether one can just go there – would not be surprised if there were some regulations (like no staff for watching…).
Thank you for adding in more details on the types of fees/options, Hans. The registration fee is something new; they didn’t charge me that. I tend to go at different times of day and evening, depending on my work schedule. So far it hasn’t been a problem, so I hope it won’t for you. I didn’t know about the equipment regulations; thank you for sharing. The dive pool (25 m) at first was not used, but now is used for water polo practice and a few swim classes. Hopefully I’ll see you there one day. You know about the swim to the island on Sunday, right? La Travesía Anual?