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Questions about swimming or just playing in the water at swimming pools, beaches, lakes, or anywhere there's enough water.

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How can I assess the water pollution in the rivers in the US?

I'll explore a few locations in the US over the summer and consider swimming in some rivers. How can I assess the water pollution in rivers in the US, preferably before going to the location of ...
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How can I view the shortest distance between two islands? [closed]

I wonder whether there exists a convenient way to view the shortest distance between two islands. For example, can some of the commonly used online mapping resources, and if so, how? Ideally, I'd ...
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What are the risks associated with swimming in the Mekong River?

I read (mirror) that people sometimes swim between Laos and Thailand across the Mekong River. Aside from immigration matters and possible strong streams, what are the risks (e.g., hostile piscifauna) ...
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How can I know which lakes are okay for bathing in Norway?

Norway has a huge number of lakes, some of them are popular swimming spots and may even have small piers but the majority are just regular lakes in the forest. How can I know if one of these lakes is ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

I would like to get to this island, marked by a red marker (on Google Maps): The obvious route would be to swim across the strait marked by the green stripe. Distance is not that big, ~270m, I can ...
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How can anyone dare to swim in the ocean/sea-facing beaches with the shark risk? [closed]

I've only watched "Jaws" a few times in my life, but as supernatural and evil as that shark is, the fact remains that people have been eaten by sharks that swim in for a nice buffet at the public ...
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Swimming pool dressing code in Luxembourg

this question is related to this post, nevertheless I'm interested in knowing exactly about Luxembourg. I was quite frustrated about this non-sense rule during the years I lived in Belgium. Swimming ...
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How do you behave in icelandic public swimming pools?

I've been to Iceland a few times and my relatives have informed me that when taking a bath in the public swimming pools there are a lot of rules to follow. In Sweden, where I live, the only rule is ...
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Swim from Dubrovnik to Lokrum [closed]

I'd like to take a swim from Dubrovnik to the island of Lokrum and back. Are there any non-obvious factors (strong currents? marine animals? local police? Game of Thrones fans?) that would prevent me ...
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Which is the coldest lake in Austria during summer

I am looking for the coldest lake, pond or reservoir in Austria suitable for swimming (i.e. where swimming is legal) during the peak summer months (July and August). The location doesn't matter as ...
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How to interpret austrian sauna timetables

I can't read German language and the only information I've found to visit the historic Jörgerbad pool is in this language. The Google translation is quite useful, but there is something I can't ...
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How does one use the water plunge pool outside a Hungarian sauna?

Users of a (single-sex) sauna in a Hungarian hotel or at a thermal baths typically go naked. There is often a plunge pool of cold water outside it (also in the single-sex area). How does one use this? ...
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Is there anywhere near central Osaka where I can swim for free?

Is there anywhere near central Osaka where I can swim for free? I am in central Osaka at the moment and I'm trying to find a free place to swim if available. Maybe a small neighbourhood pool, private ...
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Publicly available pools for lap/lane swimming near Itaewon in Seoul, SK? [closed]

We'll be staying in Seoul for the month of January, in the Itaewon district, and i am wondering if there are swimming pools that are open for lane/lap swimming for visitors for a daily fee (no ...
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When I swim near Malaga (Spain) what I should pay attention for?

I googled about dangerous stuff in sea near Malaga (Spain) and Barcelona (Spain). When I googled I have got information only about Portuguese man o' war. Is there are any other dangerous animals or ...
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Is it safe to swim at Clifton Beach, Pakistan?

Wikivoyage says of Clifton Beach: This was the world's most popular silver-sand beach and health resort throughout the 20th century, but it was affected by an oil spill in 2003 when the Greek ...
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Wild swimming near Bologna

Where is it possible to swim in the wild near Bologna? I'm not looking for swimming pools but something like lakes or certain river spots.
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Do the Canary Islands always have high waves?

We are considering to travel to the Canary Islands for the holidays, mainly to visit the seaside. Since we have a one-year-old toddler, we are interested in beaches which tend to have a low wave ...
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Snorkeling places in Barcelona [closed]

Do you know any good places to snorkel in Barcelona ? I'm looking for a spot to snorkel that would not be crowded, I don't want to book a tour. As my question could be subjective, I would like to ...
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How many beaches are suitable for swimming in Cebu City?

As I research it, there might only be beaches used for commercial/cargo purposes. I can't find beaches for swimming. But when I search google images for Cebu City, a bunch of beautiful beaches come up....
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Where can I swim with bioluminescent plankton in Phuket?

Going to Phuket at the end of December. What areas with bioluminescence close to Phuket can one swim in at night (Krabi is relatively far)? I found a tour operator (John Gray) but they only casually ...
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How does the swimming pool in Dubai Airport's Terminal 3 work?

Have a 5h stop in Dubai. I was wondering if I have enough time to have a nice swim at the swimming pool in Dubai International Hotel/Health Club. Has anyone ever tried it? Does it include towels or do ...
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Why do hotels often not allow you to swim after dark?

I have seen many times, usually when the hotel swimming pool is an outdoor one (maybe that has something to do with it) that you are not allowed to swim outside certain hours (e.g. 10am to 8pm), even ...
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Can I reserve a beach spot by leaving an umbrella and lounge chair overnight (Italy)?

During August the beaches in Italy are notoriously crowded and unless you arrive early (and we're talking before sunrise in some places), you cannot get a spot close to water. I have observed that ...
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Where can I swim in the Soča valley?

There's no public pool (that I noticed) in Bovec (that I noticed anyway) and the Soča generally looks to be too fast flowing to practically and safely swim in. Where nearby Bovec (preferably) and ...
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Hotel Pool FAQ and Etiquette

For quite some time when traveling I was happy when I had access to a shower with non-freezing water, when my bed was not part of a shaky triple bunk bed in a basement and noise-level was low enough ...
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Where can I find underwater slides?

Someone showed me a picture of an underwater slide from an image site a while back. This got me interested, as I love the sea. And drifting on a little current between fish sounded like heaven to me. ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

Several years ago I entered the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon as I wanted to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco. Source: http://www.dolphinclub.org/swimming/escape/ I was scheduled to go on a work ...
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Is it typical throughout Greek islands that guests of one hotel can use the pool of another?

In Corfu, (Kerkyra) you can book a hotel and use its swimming pool. You can also roll up to any other swimming pool and use that, free of charge. Because you can use any swimming pool of a hotel or ...
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Men in thongs on mediterranean beaches?

So I am travelling in a few weeks to Barcelona, Cote D'azur, and to Genoa Italia and was wondering if men wear thongs on these beaches. I want to try it personally but am unsure how taboo it would be. ...
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Indoor swimming in Tel Aviv. Israel?

Often hotels with swimming pools will let non-guests purchase a pass to their pool but it can be pricey. Sometimes there are municipal swimming pools that do not make it to the guide books but which ...
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Are the beaches in Rosarito Mexico clean enough for swimming?

I know the Pacific is cold, and I'm OK with that, but I'm trying to find out if the beaches in Rosarito are clean enough for swimming. I love doing open water swimming and am comfortable in the ocean, ...
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Rules for wild swimming in France

There are many locations for wild swimming in France like Pont du Diable, Gorges du Verdon, etc and these are among the many known spots for wild swimming enthusiasts. I want to know if there are any ...
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Swimming in the Dead Sea

From what I gathered by reading on google about Dead Sea swimming, the popular statement of 'You can never drown in in the Dead Sea' isn't technically true. Its dangerous trying to 'swim' normally and ...
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Hotels with outdoor swimming pools for winter [closed]

I am interested in visiting Switzerland in winter, but I am also looking for staying at a place where I can enjoy outdoor swimming. 'The Cambrian' in Adelboden is the only hotel I could find through ...
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River swimming near Chinon in France's Loire Valley

My girlfriend and I are staying just outside Chinon for a week and I am really keen to go for a river bathe/swim, somewhere safe. A bit of a Google suggests Barrou, which is an hour or so away, but I ...
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May I swim in a direction parallel to the width of a swimming pool in Japan?

I am talking about a rectangular swimming pool. In my country, we are allowed to swim in a direction parallel to the width of the pool when there are too many customers come. It is usually done ...
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Open water swimming in the Saarland?

With summer finally here, I've been looking for places to swim. There are plenty of public swimming pools, but they're crowded and not as fun as swimming in lakes and rivers. Where are legal and safe ...
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Until when are Barcelona's beaches warm enough to swim?

I'm looking to book a flight sometime this fall to Barcelona. How far away can I be sure that the water is going to be warm enough to swim? Obviously there are seasonal variations, so I'm interested ...
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What swimming suit options are acceptable for a self-conscious recreational swimmer in Belgium and Western Europe?

Many pools in Belgium prohibit the use of swimming shorts, citing hygienic concerns with people concealing their underwear beneath them as well as safety concerns with them getting hooked on ...
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Immersion at St Helen's Spring (Sacred Spring in England)

I have been planning to take a group of visiting in-laws to various healing springs in South East England (related question here), and St Helen's Spring in Hastings seems like a great venue. I have ...
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Where I can find beaches with still water in beginning of April in Sri-Lanka?

I am going to Sri Lanka in the beginning of April. I want to spend about a week on the beach, just taking sunbaths and swim near coast. I don't need any water sports. I want to find the place with ...
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What are the rules for changing after swimming in appartment complex pool in US [closed]

This might be a strange question - in California many apartment complexes have swimming pools but they don't have any changing rooms or anything like that (at least anything that I'd recognize as such)...
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Why isn't it safe to swim on Goa's beaches in the "off season" (June-September)

The Wikivoyage Goa page contains the following snippet: just don't get into the water at all in the off season. The safe swimming period in Goa is November to early May I was at one of the beaches ...
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Do I need to pass customs if I enter by swimming over a body of water?

Suppose I'm a long distance swimmer and swim across a large body of water to another country, like from France to England, or from England to the USA. Do I need to pass customs? Do I need the same ...
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Swimwear customs on Côte d'Azur?

I will travel to Porquerolles on Côte d'Azur in France. I struggle about swimwear: I use to wear speedo-style swimwear and I don't really like shorts. However, I haven't been to a beach for ages, so I ...
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Tahiti Nui hotel swimming pool

Does the Tahiti Nui Hotel have a swimming pool? Are there other budget hotels in Papeete that have one?
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Mixed-gender naked swimming pools in Finland

I've just read about Yrjonkatu, which is a Finnish swimming pool where nudism is allowed, but only on separate days for men and women. Are there any pools in Finland that allow mixed-gender nude ...
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Swimming pool options in Bologna

(photo by Krzysztof Gapys) We will spend a couple of days in Bologna which will be awesome of course. Such an old city with lots of culture. The weather though may limit our options during the ...
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Can I swim in Iran with my girlfriend in bikini in the Caspian Sea?

Is it possible if she is not Iranian to swim in her swimsuit or bikini in the sea? She is not from Iran, she is European as me. Is there some "police" that watches how people dress on the beach?
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