I have seen a lot of people wearing waterproof MP3 players recently. Ok so not that many. About 6 which isn't a great deal I know. Especially as in my capacity as a lifeguard I see hundreds of people swimming each week. So percentage-wise it's really not very many. However, everyone I have seen has been somebody who does a reasonable amount (30-60mins) of fairly fast swimming and where I work I don't see a lot of them - I tend to see more, lets do 10 lengths breaststroke without getting our hair wet kind of swimmers - so the percentage amongst "proper swimmers" is fairly high.
And I don't get it.
I really don't get it.
Why would you want to listen to music while you're swimming? Why would you want to ruin a lovely swim? Now don't get me wrong. I LOVE MUSIC! It plays a big part in my life as it probably does in your life too. I listen to music everyday. A lot of the Ramones at the moment. Hardly a day goes by when I don't listen to my hero Johnny Cash. I love finding cool up and coming bands and musicians, or musicians who are just new to me. I'm loving a bit of Dan Croll & Keaton Henson at the minute. I love going to gigs and festivals. I love dancing around my bedroom to the Libertines pretending I'm 18 again and listening to Phil and Alice late nights on Radio 1. I also have a theory that you can judge how good a tv show is going to be by listening to it's theme tune. It's not a completely watertight system but Soparno's = Brilliant, The Wire = Brilliant, Only Fools and Horses = Brilliant, Hollyoaks = Rubbish.
But listening to music while swimming? I just don't get it. I LOVE SWIMMING (possibly even more than music) and so that's why I would never want to taint either by mixing the two together. Anyone listening to music while they swim doesn't really like swimming (it's not like running the silence is a part of it). Therefore, I hereby solemnly promise that no matter how popular it becomes, in my little life, music and swimming - never the two things shall meet.