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messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by Twirly 25 April, 2012 16:34

Had a lovely swim this morning, as the rain seemed to have put people off so it was very quiet.

However, the staff confused me by reversing the direction of the lanes... I got into the pool and started to swim, only to find someone coming towards me, going (to me) the wrong way around the lane... she waved me over, I noticed someone behind her and surmised that they'd changed the direction. When I got back up the other end I saw the lane sign, but I'd had my back to it when I climbed in, and I'm as blind as a bat without my glasses/contacts. Just as well I didn't start out with back stroke, or there would have been a crash! I think it actually worked better, as when you're in the slow lane, you're not going to swim up the steps or bump your head on the post by the steps as you're swimming away from them on that side of the lane. Although if the staff are going to randomly rearrange the pool of a morning a little notice on the changing room door would be helpful, particularly for those of us who are ocularly challenged...

I noticed that one of the doors has come off the shower in the ladies. Whereas on Friday I was woken up with a freezing cold shower after my swim (which I reported on the way out, and as the door was closed this morning I assume that the shower had been fixed and it was in use). We are still a bench down though - two have been replaced, the third still looks a right old mess.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by Kate001 30 April, 2012 11:14

I stop and chat at the side of the pool and I make no apology for it! I'm learning to swim with my friend and am not at all confident yet, so I sometimes need to stop to talk (and definately to catch my breath!) I don't stop right in the middle of the pool and I make every effort to stay out of everyone's way. We amateur swimmers need somewhere to go too and I think ED is a great pool for someone of my level... most of the time. I agree it does get too busy, though. I had someone swim right underneath me once! Needless to say I thought that rather rude and off-putting! If someone's that fast, then why are they swimming in the slow lane?!

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by giggirl 30 April, 2012 13:50

Is that you Katie Numbers?

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messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by maxxi 30 April, 2012 19:30

giggirl Wrote:
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> Is that you Katie Numbers?
>
> px

Do you think she has been reset or 'clocked'?

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by Brian up the hill 04 May, 2012 23:11

Having used the gym regulary (1-3 times a week) since October, I have always found the staff, both in the gym and on reception very polite, friendly and helpful. I do admit it seems odd that the water fountains have been out of action since December but as I also use a gym near work which is in the London Fitness Network, I have to say that Dulwich knocks spots off it! I have never had a problem with machines although evenings can be very busy - as they are in any leisure centre or gym. The only problem I have is that I can't swipe my card and have to wait for the gate to be opened for me by the reception staff but invariably the queue grows as the front customer asks an increasingly long and inane set of questions - naturally, oblivious to those waiting behind them. All in all , I think the new gym a real asset to the area and I value having it close by.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by pablogrande 07 May, 2012 11:41

Can never get through on the phone there, tried today to see what the bank holiday timetable is as it doesn't say on the website. tried calling for nearly half an hour, in the end tried depford again no answer in the end got through to Ladywell, why can't Fusion have a central phone line that all calls go through to if the centres staff are too busy?

Also my son has swimming lessons there, the rebooking of classes is a complete joke, have been told many times to come on one day to reebook only to find, leaflets were printed wrong or was told incorrect date. I also have the feeling some kids are moved into next stage of classes not on ability but to help fill spaces in higher classes and free up the beginners. The teaching staff are very good though and my son loves the lessons, I do think they could be five or ten minute longer though by the time the kids get into their stride it's time to get out.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by QueenMab 07 May, 2012 19:54

I must say, I as a member of the Lido in Brockwell, which is part of the same group. I once went to this Leisure Centre in East Dulwich and found it unspeakably awful. The gym was boiling, cramped and poorly equipped. Changing rooms were tatty and filthy, despite the fittings actually being quite new. I never returned. It seems the best course of action is to vote with your feet. If you're already a member, I would be badgering the life out of them for a refund.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by maxxi 15 May, 2012 10:51

Congratulations to the managerial IDIOT who managed to ruin the General Swim for everyone today by squeezing the available space down to a single narrow lane running only two thirds of the length of the pool. Impossible to pass anyone without touching/colliding. And all so the aquarobics CLASS (run at a nice fat profit for FUSION) could have more space.

Here's an idea for this befuddled woman who obviously couldn't manage a piss-up in a puddle - maybe there should be less people in the class if half the pool isn't big enough for them?!?

Nice to see the brand new "From May 2012" timetable already screwed.

Joined the queue of annoyed and frustrated punters at the desk to get my money back.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by Pickle 15 May, 2012 12:34

The one and only time I've swum there half the pool was used for the aerobics, leaving those of us there to swim with the ability to do widths only, completely pointless.

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Posted by milk76 22 May, 2012 20:50

Tonight the temperature in the gym was 29c at 8.15pm. There was no air coming from any of the vents and as usual the staff just looked blank about turning the AC on.

This is a dangerous temperature for people doing physical activity. Something needs to change.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by milk76 22 May, 2012 20:51

Tonight the temperature in the gym was 29c at 8.15pm. There was no air coming from any of the vents and as usual the staff just looked blank about turning the air con on.

This is a dangerous temperature for people doing physical activity. Something needs to change.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by James Barber 23 May, 2012 19:30

Let me find out how on earth this could happen.

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messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by Cassius 24 May, 2012 22:18

Pickle Wrote:
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> The one and only time I've swum there half the
> pool was used for the aerobics, leaving those of
> us there to swim with the ability to do widths
> only, completely pointless.

It does say clearly on the pool timetable when the aqua aerobics classes are - easy enough to avoid.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by Pickle 24 May, 2012 22:33

That's true, but I went during a women's only session - to me it seemed a bit silly that they combined the two. It was shortly after the pool had reopened so maybe it's not so busy now.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by milk76 24 May, 2012 22:54

The gym was 29c again at half seven tonight. The member of staff who ran over when he saw me checking the thermometer said that they were going to change the heating from winter to summer mode tomorrow so I guess that we shall see.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by James Barber 25 May, 2012 19:29

I've been assured by council officials this afternoon that the gym aircon problem has been fixed and that theyll explain how this happened and how fixed on Monday. So apologies for being so cryptic but this as much as I know!

Edited to correct spelling.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2012:05:28:16:36:29 by James Barber.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by FatSwimmer 27 May, 2012 13:34

This is a remarkably inflammatory thread and seems only to confirm that you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

I use the centre for the things that I know I want. I also know that other people are using it and try to be polite to other user and though this courtesy is not always returned I don't blame the centre for that. Yes sometimes its busy, yes sometimes the pool is bracing but on other times it is too warm.

The showers are frustrating but I don't think that it's intentional, and in fact you can often fix them yourself if you have a fiddle with the knobs.

I would say it is child friendly without seeming "overrun" with children and the staff even reacted appropriately when I suggested they changed the music in the changing rooms that had swear words - at least while there were still kids around.

Could it be better? Yes. Is writing on here and hoping that James Barber will read it and agree in an inflammotory way the best way to deal with it? Probably not.

Don't get me wrong, I am not in the pay of Fusion - I have had my run in with them, but I have had them with them and not on here, I try to be polite to the staff and generally find them to be friendly in return but why not take a few moments to build a relationship with them? I aim to say hello and thank you when I can, especially when I am leaving late. But again people are people... and cannot be monitered 24/7.. can they?

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by James Barber 01 June, 2012 11:18

I'm told technicians are on site today to fix the sensor in the chiller controller and that this should fix the extreme temperatures experienced.

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messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by Twirly 01 June, 2012 15:54

I went swimming for the first time in a month this morning. The end shower in the ladies is still running cold (I reported it to reception last time I was there, so it's been out of order for at least a month, a door is missing from one of the other showers and the missing bench is still missing. How long does it take to do a "health and safety assessment" on the safety of benches for goodness sakes? And what can be unsafe in the first place? Yes, 2 out of 3 are back, but I still think that's not good enough. My guess since it's been so long now is that it'll never be replaced...

Having said that, I did find a shower that had an adequate temperature and the pool was a decent temperature too.

messageRe: never-ending shenanigans at dulwich baths
Posted by pipsky2008 06 October, 2013 20:31

Pickle Wrote:
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> Agree with the poster above. The couple of times
> I tried to swim at Dulwich I found it crowded, and
> the pool is quite small. I switched to Crystal
> Palace, and at times had the whole Olympic sized
> pool to myself. It's deep and a bit daunting but
> much better if you're swimming to get decent
> exercise.


I experienced using the Siebe Gorman Admiralty pattern rigid helmet diving suit in this pool. Because of the depth I got a real sense of diving in deep water. An amazing experience

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