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   Undertoad  Thursday Jul 19 05:34 PM

July 19, 2007: Floating swimming pool



Spluch offers this item, of a floating swimming pool in Berlin, Germany. As temperatures went to the unusually high 32 degrees (89 F) there, people flocked to ways to keep cool.



It does look odd, but one thing that strikes me immediately is that the people aren't swimming in the river itself. Despite a beach-looking area, the actual water is fenced and off-limits. Shouldn't the goal be to be able to swim in the actual river water?



Happy Monkey  Thursday Jul 19 05:49 PM

Swimming in a river in a city the size of Berlin would not be one of my goals.



jester  Thursday Jul 19 06:48 PM

that's way to crowded for me



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 19 07:11 PM

Dangerous, if the pool sinks they might... drown.



ferkelparade  Thursday Jul 19 07:18 PM

Quote:
Despite a beach-looking area, the actual water is fenced and off-limits. Shouldn't the goal be to be able to swim in the actual river water?
The thing is that it's a beach-looking area, not an actual beach. The river Spree is completely walled in all through Berlin, so a couple of years ago some guys had the clever idea to dump a few truckloads of sand on some empty space along the riverfront and sell tickets for the city beach. What's ridiculous about that is that these city beaches have become immensely popular all through Germany during the last years, even my home city of Munich now has a city beach like that even though Munich is generally much greener than Berlin and our local river has lots of usable natural beaches all through the city where you can actually enter the water


Undertoad  Thursday Jul 19 07:47 PM

The pool must be the same depth everywhere, otherwise it would be tough to float.

There's no place for a lifeguard to sit above pool area, but that's OK, the whole thing is probably about 4' deep.

Do people get a certain time limit? Because there are people waiting to get in, so somebody has decided this is maximum capacity.



Happy Monkey  Thursday Jul 19 07:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
The pool must be the same depth everywhere, otherwise it would be tough to float.
Why? I don't see that... The water will be pretty close to the same density inside and outside. You just need the rim to be able to float and hold up the sides and bottom which, as far as I can see, can be any shape.


Undertoad  Thursday Jul 19 07:59 PM

Is it only the rim that floats? It looks like the pool water is right up to the top of the rim, and the top is 3 feet above the river water. That's a lot of water to float!



BigV  Thursday Jul 19 08:21 PM

UT, the water's not floating. Only the rim of the pool needs to float.

Think of the little kiddie pools for the back yard that have the inflatable rim. Much much less mass to hold out of the water.



BigV  Thursday Jul 19 08:23 PM

does look high out of the water though....

on second look.... :sheepish:



Uisge Beatha  Thursday Jul 19 08:30 PM

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you've just seen a toad face down a sheep!

We now return you to your regularly scheduled, ridiculously overcrowded, floating swimming pool.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 19 08:48 PM

Not only Germany.

Quote:
Check out this floating swimming pool that was spotted on the Spree river in Berlin, Germany, where temperatures have been unseasonably warm. It's called Badeschiff ("bathing ship"), and it's an old barge that's been converted into a public swimming hole. Unfortunately the Spree is much too polluted to swim in, hence the need for a floating pool.
Also in Brooklyn, NY.
Quote:
The "Floating Pool Lady" is located at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy on an old barge -- very similar to the one in Berlin. However, Germany's pool is stationary, while Brooklyn's is free-roaming, with plans to swim to "pool-deprived Williamsburg or South Bronx, so residents there can take a dip," according to the Brooklyn Paper.
The German one is covered in cold weather.


Happy Monkey  Thursday Jul 19 09:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Uisge Beatha View Post
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you've just seen a toad face down a sheep!
And a monkey. Good point.


Piccolo Padawan  Thursday Jul 19 10:59 PM

I saw that pool while I was in Germany earlier this summer.

We almost go to go give it a try, but alas, we never did.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 19 11:04 PM

How crowded was it?



Piccolo Padawan  Thursday Jul 19 11:08 PM

Not nearly as crowded as that picture, but it was still a bit too cold for swimming. I also think my group scared away a couple Deutschers. Imagine a group of 20, 16-17 year old exchange student reactions.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 19 11:19 PM

Ha ha, yeah.



Flint  Friday Jul 20 12:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jester View Post
that's way to crowded for me
No, this is crowded! (glatt's pool from WTF)


SPUCK  Friday Jul 20 07:24 AM

Ah those wacky Asians again.



Karenv  Friday Aug 3 04:37 PM

Those wacky New Yorkers now have one in the East River. Go Brooklyn!

http://www.nysun.com/article/57360

http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/in...1B0376A606096D



Uisge Beatha  Friday Aug 3 05:37 PM

Ka-REN! How you doin'? Hey, dat pool - fuggedaboutit. It's a beautiful ting.



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