Lap swimming in a Parisian public pool is not for finicky swimmers who prefer empty lanes, perfect water temps and pristine changing areas. Most Parisian pools are crowded, disorganized and a little dirty. We're not trying to dissuade you from swimming to/fro in the City of Light, but keep your expectations in check. Fortunately, entry fees are very reasonable (currently 3 Euros) so a disappointing experience will not cost too much dough.”
Hours: Vary so call or check website
Piscine Blomet is a relatively appealing neighborhood pool that stretches 50 meters from side to side with 5 bottom stripes and usually 3-4 floating lane lines (see our photo). The pool can get extremely crowded (note in our photo there are 7 swimmers in a lane), so try to come during weekday work hours to avoid the masses. As you can see, high ceilings and fairly clean conditions are featured. A pace clock is on deck, but we did not see any kickboards or pull-buoys.
Also keep in mind that Parisians do not follow the same lane etiquette/organization as swimmers in the U.S. and U.K. Speed signs are not obeyed and circle-swimming may be discouraged.
This pool is an approximate 10-minute walk from the Novotel Montparnasse hotel and about 15-minutes walk from Concorde Montparnasse and Le Meridien Montparnasse.
Entering a Paris public pool is fairly formulaic. Here is the typical step-by-step process:
1. Pay the entry fee and receive a ticket in return;
2. Walk to the reception in the changing area, remove your shoes, and exchange the paper ticket for a hanging basket (you'll also receive a wristband with the same number on the basket);
3. Don your swimsuit in a private cabin or the Male or Female changing room;
4. Put all of your belongings (don't bring valuables) into your basket and leave it with the attendant;
5. Shower before swimming in the (sometimes unisex) showers (keep your suit on);
6. After your swim, exchange your wristband for your clothes basket.
Note: All Paris pools require a swim cap for men and women.