Going out next month.. am I right in thinking there is now an indoor pool, close to the big park by Benal Beach? Is it open to the public and is it open in Feb?
We go into our separate changing rooms to find we need our own locks and locker keys.. go back out to reception and they can ony lend us one.. missus uses that.. I pile my stuff up poolside.. pool is divided into six lanes.. attendant tells us we must wait til one becomes free... fair enough.. we wait.. one becomes free.. we get in pool... attendant comes over again and tells us we need swim caps, obligatory... now he tells us... I go back out to reception in my swim shorts, ask for two caps, girl who never thought to mention lockers or caps hands me two and asks for four euros... like I usually carry four euros in my swim shorts?
Crazy... think weÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â´ll stick to the outdoor pool in future...
It's obligatory to wear a swimming cap in Spain, and it doesn't matter if you are bald, those are the rules.
While you were waiting for a lane to become free, the pool attendant probably thought that you had a cap amongst your stuff.
I'm surprised they didn't make you have a shower before you entered the water.
IMO: They should make it obligatory in the UK too because I used to be a serious breaststroke swimmer, and it's not nice surfacing out of the stroke with a mouthful of someone's hair....it also messes up the filters/pumps.
Sorry, but don't blame someone else for something that you should have known, and they thought/expected that you knew.
No big deal, really.. just a lot of faffing about when semi-clothed tends to be a bit frustrating, so to speak... we actually had a laugh about it later
we actually had a laugh about it later
jimg, I'm gald that you could laugh about it...laughter is the best tonic so they say .
Whilst it is up to people visiting spain to aquaint themselves with local procedures, being a place so popular with foreign visitors you would also think the local pool staff would also be aware first time visitors could be ignorant of the rules in cases such as this
Well, there is always the other side of the coin, and the person employed to take shrapnel and hand out a key all day, may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.
You're asking someone to be able to speak several languages and believe me if they can speak several languages, they wouldn't be working for the minimum "council" wage.
If they put a sign up, it would have to cover a long list of nationalities who visit the Costa del Sol...and there again, it may be the case of not many tourists using the public swimming pool (apart from in the winter months) because they usually have one attached to the hotel, and the majority using the public pool would be locals/Spanish, and how many Spanish know that you can swim without a cap in the UK.?.so, it may never cross their minds to inform you that caps are required, as I believe other countries in Europe have this rule and not just Spain...so they probably clump all the European countries together.
The pool I use have never had to wear a cap and they have both indoor and outdoor pool - imo caps are a waste of money anyway as they never work when you have long hair, spend more time pulling the damn thing back down.
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