SWIMMING (natation)

There are over 30 municipals pools (piscines) in Paris (see list below) and half a dozen private ones, and most offer public access, swimming lessons and “aquagym” exercise classes, and some offer lessons in scuba diving, synchronized swimming or lifesaving. Many offer activities for children and/or moms. Swimming caps are generally required, and males are supposed to wear swimsuits rather than just baggy trunks. Check out the Swimmers Guide for a partial listing.

Piscine Pontoise is everyone’s favorite. It’s independent of but connected to a gym called Club Quartier Latin, in a turn-of-the-century building off of blvd St. Germain. Best of all, it’s open from 7am to midnight during the week, 8am to 7pm weekends. 19, rue de Pontoise, 5th arr., M° Maubert-Mutualité, tel: 01.55.42.77.88.

The Hotel Ritz probably has the fanciest pool in town. For those for whom money is no object, a membership to this luxury hotel’s health club gets you into its almost decadent 16-meter bathing spa. 15, pl Vendôme, 1st arr., M° Opera, tel: 01.43.16.30.60, Hotel Ritz website..

Aquaboulevard / Forest Hills is the best summer spot in town for sunning. Located on the south edge of town in the 15th arr., it is a noisy water park with huge slides, a wave machine and water cannons. Best of all, part of it is outside, providing a beach with a choice of either sunning in a lounge chair near the water or spreading a towel out on the grass further back.  4, rue Louis Armand, 15th arr., M°Balard, tel: 01.40. 60.10.00, www.aquaboulevard.com/.

Then there’s swimming in the nude. A list of “naturiste” pools in France are at:  http://www.naturistes-paris.org/piscufr.html

For those who would like to take lifesaving (sauvetage) lessons, they are offered at a number of swimming pools, including the pools at Blomet, Saint Merri and Auteuil.

Or, for those who are afraid to get into the water, an association called Les Pieds dans l’Eau provides a technique to eventually overcome the phobia. Tel: 01.42.83.03.90.

For further information, contact the Féderation francaise de natation, tel: 01.40.31.17.70.

Les Piscines de Paris (by arrondissement)

Note: for a complete list of daily opening hours see http://perso.wanadoo.fr/comunimage/piscines/infos.html 

Suzanne -Berlioux
10, place de la Rotonde (1er-Forum des Halles (Niveau -3)
Tel: 01 42 36 98 44
Métro: Les Halles

Saint Merri
8, rue du Renard (4è )
Tel: 01 42 72 29 45
Métro: Hotel de Ville

Jean Taris
16, rue Thouin (5è )
Tel: 01 43 25 54 03
Métro: Cardinal Lemoine

Saint Germain
12, rue Lobineau (6è )
Tel: 01 43 29 08 15
Métro: Mabillon

George Drigny
18, rue Bouchard de Saron (9è )
Tel: 01 45 26 86 93
Métro: Anvers

Valeyre
22-24, rue de Rouchechard (9è )
Tel: 01 42 85 27 61
Métro: Cadet

Chateau-Landon
31, rue du Chateau-Landon (10è )
Tel: 01 46 07 34 68
Métro: Louis Blanc

Cour des Lions
11, rue Alphonse Baudin (11è )
Tel: 01 43 55 09 23
Métro: Richard Lenoir-Saint Ambroise

Georges-Rigal
115, Boulevard de Charonne (11è )
Tel: 01 43 70 64 22
Métro: Alexandre Dumas

Reuilly
13, rue Hénard (12è )
Tel: 01 40 02 08 08
Métro: Mongallet

Roger-Le-Gall
34, boulevard de Carnot (12è )
Tel: 01 44 73 81 10
Métro: Porte de Vincennes

Butte aux Cailles
5, place Paul Verlaine (13è )
Tel: 01 45 89 60 05
Métro: Place d'Italie

Château des Rentiers
184, rue du château des Rentiers (13è )
Tel: 01 45 85 18 26
Métro: Nationale

Dunois
70, rue Dunois (13è )
Tel: 01 45 85 18 26
Métro: Chevaleret

Aspirant-Dunand
20, rue Saillard (14è )
Tel: 01 45 45 50 37
Métro: Mouton Duvernet

Didot
22, avenue Georges-Lafenestre (14è )
Tel: 01 45 39 89 29
Métro: Porte de Vanves

Armand Massard
Centre Commercial Monparnasse, 66, bd Montparnasse (15è )
Tel: 01 45 38 65 19
Métro: Montparnasse

Blomet
17, rue Blomet (15è )
Tel: 01 47 83 35 05
Métro: Volontaires

Porte de la Plaine
13, rue du Gl Guillaumat (15è )
Tel: 01 45 32 34 00
Métro: Porte de Versailles

Emile Antoine
9, rue Jean Rey (15è )
Tel: 01 53 69 61 59
Métro: Bir Hakeim

René et André Mourlon
19, rue Gaston de Cavaillet (15è )
Tel: 01 45 75 40 02
Métro: Bir Hakeim

Piscine D'Auteuil
Angle: routedes Lacs à Passy, allée des Fortifications, (16è )
Bois de Boulogne
Tel: 01 42 24 07 59
Métro: Ranelagh

Henry de Montherlant
32, boulevard Lannes (16è )
Tel: 01 45 03 03 28
Métro: Porte de la Pompe

Bernard Lafay
79, rue de la Jonquière (17è )
Tel: 01 42 26 11 05
Métro: Porte de Clichy

Champerret
32-36, bd de Reims (17è )
Tel: 01 47 66 49 98
Métro: Porte de Champerret

Bertrand Dauvin
12, rue René Binet (18è )
Tel: 01 42 54 51 55
Métro: Porte de Clignancourt

Hébert
2, rue des Fillettes (18è )
Tel: 01 46 07 60 01
Métro: Max Dormoy

Piscine des Amiraux
6, rue Hermann Lachapelle (18è )
Tel: 01 46 06 46 47
Métro: Simplon

Mathis
11-17, Rue Mathis (19è )
Tel: 01 40 34 51 00
Métro: Crimée

George Hermant
4, rue David D'angers (19è )
Tel: 01 42 02 45 10
Métro: Danube

Rouvet
1; rue Rouvet ( 19è )
Tel: 01 40 36 40 97
Métro: Corentin Cariou

Georges Vallerey
148, avenue Gambetta (20è )
Tel: 01 40 31 15 20
Métro: Porte des Lilas