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Why do hotels often not allow you to swim after dark?

This reddit thread has some reasons, some of the primary ones being: Noise. Especially with an outdoor pool, nobody wants other guests at the pool disturbing their sleep, and rooms often overlook the ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

Having worked as a boat pilot for a dive center, I have to agree with @Arthur's Pass answer. You must understand that is is really hard to spot someone swimming in the water, you will be hidden behind ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

Just chiming in as a local that the area is frequented by not just ships with professional equipment and captained by professionals but also by many locals out for a quick fishing trip, leisurely ...
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Hotel Pool FAQ and Etiquette

I stay in quite a lot of hotels (more than I realised when I added up the nights last year!), many of which have pools. All I can say in general is... There is no general rule! So, what I do first is ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

There are many long (and long-ish) distance swims known around the world. If you're looking for something medium distance (i.e. not English Channel), you can try International Swim Across Dnipro ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

How about the Turkish Straits - the Hellespont / Bosphorus / Dardanelles ? (Photo is public domain as it was created by NASA).
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

The Freedom Swim is another "prison escape" swim from Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the Apartheid era were held) to Blouberg, near Cape Town, South Africa. ...
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Can I reserve a beach spot by leaving an umbrella and lounge chair overnight (Italy)?

Just to clarify: it's typical in Italy to have two kind of beaches, free access ones and paid ones. I'm answering about the free ones, as it's obvious you can't do that on paid ones (well...you could, ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

I cannot answer all points for you, but as I kayak frequently on bodies of water used by ships (also sometimes in narrow ship channels or in places like the Lorelei), here are some points to think ...
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Where can I find underwater slides?

There's one at the Golden nugget in Las Vegas: According to this list of waterslides, there is the Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica Sea World in Orlando, Florida. As well as the Atlantis in the Bahamas ...
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Does any beach in Sentosa Island in Singapore allow swimming after 7pm?

No, they do not. There are only three beaches on Sentosa (Tanjong, Palawan, Siloso) and they're all managed by the Sentosa Development Corporation with the same rules. The reason you're not allowed ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

To add to the "bad idea" suggestions, I looked up the traffic density on marinetraffic.com and got this result (unfortunately the highest zoom at which it draws the density maps): ...
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Can I swim to Litle Hjartøya from Nyholmen, Norway?

In downtown Bodø, a couple of hundred meters away from your planned swim, is Bodø Radio, one of the headquarters of the Maritime Radio (contact page). They may be able to assist you in several ways: ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. It's the oldest lake in Europe. There is a traditional marathon every year. It's beautiful, affordable, no sharks and lots of history. I was born there if you need any ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

If you haven't had the chance to go to Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, this could be a great reason for a first visit. It hosts an annual 3-km race across the lake, where swimming otherwise is forbidden. ...
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Hotel Pool FAQ and Etiquette

To answer your questions : Do I get changed into pool clothes in my room and go to the pool in the hotel bathrobe? Or can I expect changing facilities there and am expected to use those? It all ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

Where I live on the border between Germany and Switzerland there is a big lake, Lake Constance. Well, it's big by our standards. The Rhine runs in one end and out the other end over the Rheinfall, so ...
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Can I reserve a beach spot by leaving an umbrella and lounge chair overnight (Italy)?

does it work to leave an unfurled umbrella (or other beach gear) set up on the beach overnight? Does it violate any regulations? Yes. It's not a grey area; it is illegal by law (and also uncivilized) ...
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Why do hotels often not allow you to swim after dark?

The specific answers to this question can be different for every hotel property, there is no single 'rule'. However, there are a number of common reasons that may apply: Liability insurance. It may ...
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How does the swimming pool in Dubai Airport's Terminal 3 work?

Just for the record to put in an answer: 1) it's part of the (fantastic) (confusingly named) "Dubai International Hotel" which is literally absolutely right in the airport - literally next door to ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

You could do the Rottnest Channel Swim, 20km from Cottesloe beach to Rottnest Island in Perth, Australia. Beautiful spot, water a nice temp, you might just have to battle a bit of seabreeze and the ...
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Where can I swim in the Soča valley?

Soča is fast flowing only in it's upper part (from Bovec upwards) where people mostly indulge in whitewater canoeing, rafting and other sports. From Bovec downwards the river slows down and is great (...
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Where can I swim in the Soča valley?

While the answer from Primož is good, I thought I'd add a couple of places I had found: Slap Virje Photo by CMaster, released under CC BY-SA A 5 minute drive or probably 20 minute walk or so outside ...
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Swimming in the Dead Sea

DON’T DO IT. My husband and I swam in the Dead Sea yesterday. We were very careful, but my husband while floating on his back got water splashed up his nose. He had headache pain that was so instant ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

If you really want a triathlon, there is the Ultra-Triathlon Napoleon this summer in Corsica (France): A 15 km swim across the "Bouches de Bonifacio" (from Sardinia to Corsica) A 600 km biking race ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

Maybe you could try out this one: http://traversee.qc.ca/en/natation/solo-traversee/ The site is a bit glitched in english, so here's a link to the entry form. It goes from the marker to the star: ...
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Men in thongs on mediterranean beaches?

To be legally covered (pun intended), just make sure that you have some piece of clothing around your scrotum and the shaft. The social aspect is quite more complex and the acceptable degree of ...
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Hotel Pool FAQ and Etiquette

It is most common to don your bathing attire in your room then cover up on the walk from the room to the pool area. For men, this can be just a shirt/t-shirt if the swim suite is trunks or ...
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