It’s irritating when one’s personal space is invaded, but there are certain situations where people should adjust, especially if it’s a public place.
The Original Poster (OP) took it to the forum, and asked “Am I wrong for shouting at someone because they touched my fins?”. We want to hear from you.
OP is undergoing free diving training and currently practicing breath-holding exercises.
FINDING A POOL
Finding a public pool that allows one to carry fins and practice breath-holding exercises was tough.
But OP somehow managed to find one.
OP’s fins are almost 3 feet long, made of carbon fiber, and are extremely expensive (around $400).
His fins are also very fragile and flexible, which is why he has to be extremely careful with it.
THE FREEDIVING TRAINING
OP was at a section of the pool with his buddy. One of his exercises needed him to put his face down in the water with his legs out behind him. So, his fins were sticking out.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
During one of his exercises, OP felt someone bumped into his right and fin, so he put his head up to see what was happening.
It was a teenage girl. OP told the girl that she should be careful and need to look out for other people too.
IT KEPT HAPPENING
OP continued with his exercise, and the same thing kept happening repeatedly.
SHE WASN’T LISTENING
OP reminded her a few more times gently, but she just wasn’t listening to OP or watching what she was doing.
OP GOT ANGRY
The last time it happened, the fins got bent into a semi-circle and that irritated him off.
OP snapped and told the girl that if she wanted to keep being an idiot then she should pay $400 as well in case the fins break.
THE GIRL BURST INTO TEARS
After getting scolded by OP, the girl burst into tears and went and sat at the side of the pool the entire time OP was there.
WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK?
“You’re in a public pool. You can’t expect nobody to touch your fins, especially in the shallower area. And you’re taking up 8-9 ft of space (with fins) at a time so it’s inevitable that you’ll get bumped.
There should be a designated location for training that you need rather than a public pool with others doing their own thing. Also, if you’re only practicing apnea do you need to have all your gear on?”, said one user.
“Why didn’t he just move away? I think it’s a terrible idea to bring a pair of $400 fins to a public pool. There are obviously going to be lots of kids around and anything can happen.
If it were me I would leave the fins at home and just practice my breathing without them. It’s a terrible assumption to make that your 4 foot fins aren’t going to get bumped at some point or possibly damaged in a public pool.
Go when there are less people bound to be there if you really need to take your fins you know. That’s what I would do.”, said another user.
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