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Podoli Swimming Stadium Opens

BY: LITTLE SCOTTIE
JUN 01, 2020 • 2 MIN READ

Prague has been shut down for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 crisis. This week, Podoli finally opened.

For me, this has been a long-awaited opening. I'm an avid swimmer and sitting at home getting fat isn't part of my normal routine. Also, the weather has been warming and the thought of getting back to the pool has been pervasive.

Apparently, I haven't been the only person with these thoughts. Today the pool use looked like it had returned to normal.

Lap lap time is scarce with most public pools and Podoli is no different. The pool is used for all kinds of activities like competitive swimming, lessons, water aerobics, and other sports like water polo, synchronized swimming and diving. This leaves little time for lap swimming if you are not part of a team that pays for and reserves lanes.

This generally leaves very early morning and very late evening as the leftover time for "leftover" lap swimmers like me. Combine this with my swimming snobbishness and the availability is restricted even further. What's my swimming snobbishness? I don't want to swim shortcourse (25m) and I don't really want to swim indoors in a cramped pool. I've had enough of that in my past. I will swim shortcourse when it's absolutely necessary, but it's not my favorite thing.

Podoli has three pools: an outdoor 50m x 25m, a 33m diving well / water polo tank and an indoor 50m x 20m pool. Often, they will switch the indoor pool to use it on its width. They do this to accommodate more activities like lessons. But a 20m pool is a definite no-go for me. So this limits the availability even further.

Around Prague, that leaves Podoli as pretty much the only facility that I'll use. It's an old pool with plenty of deferred maintenance,and a legend of deviants that it can't shake. But all of that aside, I find there is some character to the roughness of the pool and buildings. Prague could really use some more pool space, especially for activities that don't need a longcourse (50m) pool. I'm not holding my breath for it.

All of that said, I'm looking forward to getting back into my normal swimming routine.

View of Prague Castle on the way to Podoli Swimming Stadium.
View of Prague Castle on my way to the Podoli Swimming Stadium.

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