Ocean pools offer an interesting comparison with the formally-designated seniors centres that exist in many coastal communities.
Swimming is a life-long activity and a kind-to-the-body exercise. Older regular swimmers may have been exercising at the same ocean pool for 50 years or more. Winter swimming competitions routinely include relay events for the over-80s.
At the ocean pools, older people with weathered skin and economical, elegant swimming styles have high social standing. Photographers continue to document the strong ageing bodies seen at the ocean baths. Active old age is an undeniable reality at the ocean pools.