This one is mostly for you new folks.
Swimming in Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake is illegal. Lake PD are usually pretty chill about it and will just tell you to get out, but it can be up to a $500 fine.
If you want to know why, here's why.
Shout out to my new friend from yesterday rocking the goggles and earplugs, full-on open-water swimming Town Lake.
Swimming is like walking, but for water. It's part of the few basic means of movement we, humans, have at our disposal, along with running, crawling and climbing. Not knowing how to swim puts you at a HUGE disadvantage, as you pretty much can't avoid water. Any mildly interesting / fun activity might turn into a potentially lethal one, should you not know how to swim. Going fishing? Better not fall into the water... It's like permadeath for video games: instead of ending up wet, and maybe slightly (or very) cold, you just friggin' die if you fall into deep water. I know, swimmers can drown too, but if you can't swim, you're guaranteed to have to be rescued.
On another note, it's so weird to see healthy people being incapable of performing the most basic human activities: I've seen grown men injure themselves trying to climb over a 3 feet fence (not drunk), women twisting their ankles and tearing tendons when running towards a bus stop, etc. Now, I'm not saying that everybody needs to be a world-class climber like Adam Ondra or swimmer, like Michael Phelps. But learning how to... I don't know, not die when navigating anything but flat terrain seems like it should be part of being a grown human.
Edit: Jesus Christ this blew up... Most of the negative responses are about not having access to swimming facilities (either due to lack of money / lack of said facilities or both). I'm obviously not suggesting someone shouldn't eat for 3 months to pay for swimming lessons or move to an area just to learn.
But "I'm scared of water / I've had a bad experience" are not valid excuses, all the more, they're reasons to push your boundaries and defeat said fear. It's like saying "I've had my heart broken in high school, I will NEVER date again". Sure, you can avoid both water and dating, but is it worth it? If you end up falling in water / love unexpectedly, you'll just panic more because of the unfamiliarity of the situation.
I love swimming! I'm currently training for a triathlon and have done a few before, it's absolutely my favourite way to work out and I swim 2-4 times a week, 1-2km each time.
However, I feel super uncomfortable in swimming costumes. I'm confident with my body I just like to be a bit more coved up. I wouldn't go to the gym or for a run in my knickers, so why would I go for a swim in a swimming costume that is cut the same?
Does anyone else who likes to feel a bit more covered while swimming have any suggestions? Are there such things as swimming leggings or longer shorts?
I could wear my tri-suit but I only have one and they are expensive...
Thanks to my parents “no electronics at the cabin” rule, we didn’t learn about the toxic leak until our bodies were already beginning to deform.
It is so unsatisfying that an invisible wall blocks you from even touching the water in Breeze's beach near attacker spawn. At the very least, Rito should let us get our feet wet before planting their spike. Literally unplayable.