Our kids love swimming… and we like them to take part in as much physical activity as possible, so try to make recreational swimming appointments as often as possible.
Often if you are the very first in the queue when the pool opens then you have the place almost to yourself for the first hour or so, before the crowds descend. This was the case when we recently visited the “Zwem- en recreatiecentrum De Boetzelaer” (swimming and recreation centre De Boetzelaer).
As a confirmed non-swimmer I went along and took photos from the comfort of the café whilst Himself and the kids had fun showing off in the pool.
Yes, I realise the town where this pool is located is called “Monster”, which usually gives a few giggles in English, but it has a multiple meanings in Dutch, including “sample” but Wikipedia tells me that: “There is a great deal of uncertainty over the origin of the name “Monster”. It is probably derived from the Latin monasterium, meaning monastery. The name was also used for the ground that belonged to a monastery. Another explanation was that Monster was derived from the old-Dutch word monster, which meant amongst others “big church” (from Latin: monstrum), which is supported by the fact that Monster had those days one of the largest churches in the area.”
There’s a very nice swimming pool here in Monster called ” De Boetzelaer” and it’s to here we have come today. There are several pools and also a babies paddling/ play area but my photos concern the pool overlooked by the café, where I sat writing up a few blog posts on the laptop, taking a heap of photos of our kids having fun and enjoyed a cup of tea.
The lane swimming markers have been removed at the moment and large floating platforms are in the water for swimmers to climb on and jump or dive off, there’s also a low diving board and a large balloon-like ball that can be lowered from the ceiling and hit by swimmers leaping off the diving board at the right moment, a constant attraction with kids and adults alike.
All in all it’s a place our kids love going to … so let’s have a look around.
Kiwi Daughter dives in…
Zwem- en recreatiecentrum De Boetzelaer
2681 PM Monster
Telefoon: 0174 – 28 66 10