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    Pools in The UK.

    Hey Everyone,

    So recently I bought a monofin and had been using it in my local pool, but recently they have decided that I can no longer use my fin as it is a 'Health and Safety' risk to myself and others. So I ask this question: How did you guys get/find a pool that allowed you to use your tails and fins? I've tried calling the pools that are run by our local council but they all refuse the use of fins.

    Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
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    Is there a friend of a friend that can assist you in being able to borrow their pool? I know this is your last resort as the UK is fairly cold to swim is the beaches, hopefully by summer you might be able to swim.

    That's totally harsh that you've been prohibited like that
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    Unfortunately, not very many people in the UK have personal pools unless they are high earners. The rules of health and safety here truly suck
    I wanna be where the mermaids are, I wanna see, wanna see them twirling
    Swimming around with those, What do you call 'em?
    Oh, fins.






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    My group use a hotel pool that are okay with us using tails and sometimes entertaining their guests but using a hotel pool isn't cheap if you wanted to swim daily.

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    How much does it cost you guys to use the hotel, if you don't mind me asking?
    I wanna be where the mermaids are, I wanna see, wanna see them twirling
    Swimming around with those, What do you call 'em?
    Oh, fins.






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    It's £10 a time, we can use the pool for as long as we like since there isn't any real closing times for it, it's very clean, less 'gritty' than public pools and we get to use their steam room and sauna and hot tub, plus don't need to bring a towel, they supply them for us. It's very handy for my group since we can relax after a full work out in the tails and we tend to stay at the pool for over 3-6 hours at a time anyway but don't do it daily, normally once every 2 weeks since most of us have events on and just want a private swim with the group. We don't get put into a lane at the pool we go to. So, we can swim freely about and it's great for mini photoshoots and for little children that happen to be there to interact with us better.

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    My local council run pool charges me £6.50 for an hour in my own lane, they don't let me swim without a private lane

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    So I guess you just contacted the hotel to ask? Summer, how did you find out about paying for a lane? My council pool hasn't said anything about an arrangement like that
    I wanna be where the mermaids are, I wanna see, wanna see them twirling
    Swimming around with those, What do you call 'em?
    Oh, fins.






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    I contacted them about mermaiding and they looked into the rules and they only allow fins if you have your own lane.


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    Ah I see. Thanks, I'll see if they will offer me this
    I wanna be where the mermaids are, I wanna see, wanna see them twirling
    Swimming around with those, What do you call 'em?
    Oh, fins.






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    Yes, I contacted them and they said sure, gave us a day to try out the pool free of charge and after that they happily called the group their 'castle mermaids'. We have good standing with them since my family knew/ have worked there before but my group is family... A very large pod if you'd say.

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    It's something I can try, thank-you for your input It's appreciated
    I wanna be where the mermaids are, I wanna see, wanna see them twirling
    Swimming around with those, What do you call 'em?
    Oh, fins.






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    So glad it's not just me having issues with council pools.


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    (Excuse my language) But they are getting on my last fucking nerve. I called them to complain about being thrown out of the pool, they told me that my fin IS allowed so I went the other day. No dice. Make your minds up!
    I wanna be where the mermaids are, I wanna see, wanna see them twirling
    Swimming around with those, What do you call 'em?
    Oh, fins.






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    Maybe find out if there are some pools that host free divers and scuba training sessions ?
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    I'm chasing some pools at the moment, they're not very deep but it's enough for practice
    I wanna be where the mermaids are, I wanna see, wanna see them twirling
    Swimming around with those, What do you call 'em?
    Oh, fins.






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    Try college run pools, I'm away to try mines and if they let me that's one more pool in the UK


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mermaid Melanie View Post
    Maybe find out if there are some pools that host free divers and scuba training sessions ?
    I'd do this as well. My freediving group gets a whole lane to ourselves, with the rest of the pool for scubas.
    There's still enough room to swim around in the rest of the pool though, you just got to look where you're going to avoid the scuba divers.
    There might be some finswimming groups around as well.

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    It's all a case of the pool being lazy and not wanting to bother doing a risk assessment. I had one done at a pool in Croydon and was told it was fine to use my tail. You just have to try different pools and say you are willing to partake in a risk assessment. If they say no they are just lazy gits. The manager of my pool said that.
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