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Immersed in the aquatic culture of Paris
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Bathing in the briny at Bronte’s Bogey Hole
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Salt water soothing at McIver’s Ladies Baths
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A multicultural morning at the Granville Pool
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A new perspective on the Dawny Swim
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Locals party at opening of new Petersham Pool
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Birthday swim at Coogee’s McIver’s Ladies’ Baths
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A night of spinning swimming yarns
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Meditating on lines and stripes at the pool
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The art and design of Prince Alfred Park Pool

Immersed in the aquatic culture of Paris

De la Butte aux Cailles Pool in the 13th arrondissement. Last Saturday I had an article on six pools in Paris in the travel section of The Weekend Australian. The story discusses the French capital’s distinctive aquatic culture which includes compulsory wearing of caps or bonnets de bain even at the Roger Le Gall Pool[…]

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Bathing in the briny at Bronte’s Bogey Hole

When the tide goes out at Bronte Beach, the Bogey Hole appears, a naturally forming rock pool that’s been expanded and rearranged over the years. It’s named after the Aboriginal word to bathe and before white man arrived it was their billabong, their water hole, their immersion place. It’s where people come to wade and[…]

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Salt water soothing at McIver’s Ladies Baths

On Monday, just before dusk, my friend Margie and I swam at McIver’s Ladies Baths.  The sky was grey and drops of rain started to fall as we walked down the stairs of the Coogee rock pool but we weren’t deterred and a few minutes later we were in. “It’s beautiful,” said Margie after a[…]

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A multicultural morning at the Granville Pool

It was the tiles that drew me to Granville Pool; 1930s hexagonal-shaped with a border in red and chequerboard blue and white. Bruce discovered them when he swam there after work, and a few days later I was heading west along Parramatta Road to Sydney’s fourth oldest Olympic pool after Enfield, North Sydney and Bankstown (RIP). As I[…]

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A new perspective on the Dawny Swim

Last Sunday I got a different perspective on the Dawny Swim watching it from Cockatoo Island. In 2011 and 2012 I took part in the 2.4 km swim from Balmain’s Dawn Fraser Baths and around Cockatoo, and I was going to enter again this year.  But when I was deliberating about whether my head was in the[…]

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Locals party at opening of new Petersham Pool

Petersham marked the re-opening of the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre yesterday with a big pool party. The celebrations started with a traditional smoking ceremony from indigenous elder Aunty Jenny, who led a trail of kids in cossies around the centre’s new 25-metre pool, toddler’s pool and water play area. Aunty Jenny’s ‘welcome to country’ was followed[…]

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Birthday swim at Coogee’s McIver’s Ladies’ Baths

As a birthday present to myself last week I went for a swim at McIver’s Ladies’ Baths. I had visited the Coogee pool a few times before but this was the first time I was diving in. Mid-week, McIver’s is a peaceful spot where breaststroke is the preferred style or a leisurely backstroke. A few also don caps[…]

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A night of spinning swimming yarns

Last night I was part of an evening of ocean swimming yarns held at the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel. It was a great night of story-telling loosely based around the theme of ‘my first time’ with no two stories the same. We heard about facing fears and making it out past the waves at Bondi, the art[…]

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Meditating on lines and stripes at the pool

Looking at an exhibition of contemporary textiles at the Sturt Gallery in Mittagong recently made me think of lines and stripes at pools. Called Parallels, artist Barbara Rogers explored the “diversity and language of the stripe; the simplest of all patterns…” Some of her silk textiles reminded me of particular pools especially ones she created in shades of green and blue. When[…]

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The art and design of Prince Alfred Park Pool

I felt like I’d like walked into an outdoor art gallery when we visited the refurbished Prince Alfred Park Pool in Surry Hills last Sunday. As the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore said at the opening in May this year, “It’s quite simply an architectural masterpiece.” Designed by architects’ Rachel Neeson and her late husband Nicholas Murcutt,[…]

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