Short answer: don’t.
It cost me about €3:50 to get in, and I only got to “swim” for about a minute, total. Why? Well, you’re not allowed to wear “clothes” in the pool. It’s no use trying to explain to them that they’re not “clothes”, they’re Australian bathers, because they’re determined not to understand. After all, even a one-piece swimsuit is a rare sight in Spain. Bikinis are de rigeur, as are board shorts for men, which rather begs the question as to why my meanttobemodest.com swimsuit was considered inappropriate.
“But what if she’s religious?” my teacher protested, at my prompting (after withdrawing briefly to complain and grumble). No, apparently it’s still not allowed. “What about the Muslims?” They’re not allowed in the swimming centre. According to the “lifeguard”, the Muslims have to go to the beach. Given that Salamanca is pretty much in the middle of Spain, I highly doubt that’s considered a valid option. And Spain used to be a Muslim country! I couldn’t help but think that, if I were Muslim, I could get a court case out of the entire thing.
One of the boys in our group was ejected from the pool for the grievous crime of wearing speedos under his board shorts. One of the girls was sent out of the paddling pool for wearing sun glasses. Needless to say, none of us were particularly impressed!
One of the girls reckons that all the stupid clothing rules are purely for the (sexual) pleasure of the lifeguards. After all, they don’t seem to do much else, other than tell the swimmers to take ofThef various garments. Certainly there were few rules (or none, that I could see) regarding behaviour. No, you’re not allowed to wear a rash top, but feel free to bomb on your mate’s head, smoke all you like, drop the cigarette butts on the ground, and run around the pools, screaming and shoving each other into the water.
En las piscinas de España, no puede nadar si traje las “ropas” o las ropas de nadacion religiosas. Donde puede los musulmanos nadar? España era una país musulmanas! Y donde puede las hermanas catolicas nadar? Es una regla muy muy estupidos! No puede nadar en España!