Since we moved to Suffolk, I’ve started swimming regularly. The local pool is large, clean, well lit and the staff are friendly. The Oasis, which I used to visit occasionally in London, is certainly large. But it was one of the least welcoming, angriest places I’ve been to.
I don’t know whether is because stress levels are higher in London, but the fierce and concentrated splashing was really daunting. No one smiled. Here in Suffolk little old ladies, families and dedicated professional swimmers all share the space happily and it feels natural to say hello to the lifeguards. In London, they were too busy checking you’d showered and gone through the foot pool and would have called in the bouncers if you hadn’t.