Swimming pool changing room etiquette
Talk to them as normal.
I’ve met the Managing Director of my company more than once now in the changing rooms with us both in varying states of undress. It’s a great leveller.Posted 4 years agoTuckerUKMember
I try to avoid at looking at other men’s genitals.
A. Because I’m not gay, and I wouldn’t want anyone (except unattractive to me women) to think otherwise
and perhaps more importantly
B: So I don’t feel inadequate
On a slightly different note I was in the gym steam room once, and was pretty much ready to leave, but as opening the door to leave ruins the atmosphere for a short while, and someone had only left a few minutes ago, I thought I’d wait a while longer in consideration to the other guys in the room.
Eventually one of the other guys in the room got up to leave and I thought it’d be sensible to follow him.
He opens the door, walks out, I follow, and without tuning round the guy makes a grab behind him for the door handle to close it.
Eeeek, he momentarily grabbed my tackle!
OK, (thinking quickly) I’ll completely ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen (happy place, happy place).
He doesn’t react either.
A few steps more and he says “That wasn’t the door knob was it?”
I confirm it wasn’t, he apologises profusely, I tell my side of the story, and we both had a good laugh at our misfortune.
Moral of story: when naked, don’t follow people through doors!Posted 4 years agoRickosMember
What do you do if you see a neighbour or an acqaintance in the changing rooms after swimming? Act as if they’re not there or check them out so that next time you see them with clothes on you can think “Fair play, hung like a horse/He has a weenie…ha ha!”
I’m unsure of what’s considered correct. Do women have the same conundrum?Posted 4 years agoThe Wrong TrousersSubscriber
Exactly this happened to me the other day. Walked into the changing room and there’s our neighnour stood there SBN. Not the first time this has happened so just carry on as normal and say hello to him and strip off.Posted 4 years ago
He then pipes up “it’s a bit worrying, being recognised naked, isn’t it” !
Fair play to him, wish I’d thought of that.
I thought afterwards I should have said “At least it wasn’t *his wife’s name* that I recognised” but wasn’t quick enoughjoemarshallMember
At our pool, there are cubicles if you don’t want to talk to people, and benches in the middle for people who want to be sociable.
I think there’s a divide between young and old people though, like with the whole wandering around naked thing, younger men are fussed about all that, older people, particularly those who are parents, really don’t care, and just treat it like any other social occasion! People who swim with clubs are the same, chit chat all the time. It’s only young, solitary swimmers who are worried about this kind of thing.Posted 4 years agorestlessMember
I’m unsure of what’s considered correct. Do women have the same conundrum?
In the womens’ changing room at our pool, most of them have it all on show whilst getting changed anyway. It is a bit fiddly to hold a towel and get dressed at the same time.
If I see someone I know I say hello and carry on getting changed, maybe having a chat, maybe not.
Nobody stands there staring at each other.
There are a few women who seem to thrive on walking around to the showers etc completely naked, no towel. Guess they are just feminists or show offs, but the old and wrinkly ones really shouldn’t!Posted 4 years ago
Same in the sauna, it’s always the old and fat ones who lay there with it all on show.TuckerUKMember
I don’t thing it’s an age thing per se, more a maturity/outlook/being comfortable with your sexuality thing.
Cue another true gym story.
I used to frequent a small but good gym that had obviously been forced to go unisex and cater for the ladies. I’d no issue with that, although it did mean that ladies that wanted to use the weights room had to walk through the gents changing area (with open plan showers) to get there.
A strip troupe called (IIRC) the London Boys (Boyz?) used to use the weights room, and they would often have ‘ladies’ (I use the term loosely) in tow.
One day after gym I entered he changing rooms with my gym buddy to find one of the muscular London Boys hanging out with his ‘lady’. They were sitting one peg along from our two pegs where our clothing was hanging. My friend went into a blind panic about how he was going to get changed to shower with her there. My view was carry on as usual, not my problem, and I doubt she gave me a second look after the initial peek and smirk. He proceeded to get changed using his towel (in one hand, whilst hopping on one leg) as cover, and consequentially drew more attention to himself, causing much merriment because of his obvious embarrassment.
It’s a naked body, I’ve got one, you’ve got one, get over it.
Try naked saunas…
This gym had a naked sauna. Never did manage to sit on the bare wood though; towel for my delicate and heat sensitive behind.
And before anyone asks, Brown’s, Collier’s Wood, Saff (West) London, late 1980s.Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
I’ve used Gyms where some guys girlfriends would come in with them too.
Never really bothered me and to be honest the girls didn’t seem interested in looking around (although I’m sure they took a few peaks).
Some campsites in Germany had unisex showers and changing rooms when we went there, nobody seemed to care. Everyone wandered around quite happily in the nack. Us Brits are too hung up on this nudity thing. We’ve all got an arse and nipples.Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
Context has a lot to do with it. The other day at a family pool (wave machines, flumes, nowhere to swim lanes), there was a bloke in the showers in the bollocky, bent over, soaping his hairy arse crack like he was trying to erode a new one.
I’ve no issue with this in a sports changing area, or a conventional swimming pool, but it didn’t seem appropriate there.
Nothing dodgy, just a bit ‘wrong’.Posted 4 years ago
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