Tuesday, April 13, 2010

At the pool! And my bathing suit!

This is my bathing suit from modestkini.com! I don't wear the cap though!



I signed Nora up for swimming lessons and the first one was last Saturday. She's in the 30-36 month group and it's a sort of transition group where we, the parents, are supposed to spend at the most the first 4 lessons with them in the pool, guiding them along, and the last 4 lessons away from the pool to let them be independant in the water and just part of their group so they can graduate into the next level, which is all alone with the group-- no parents.
So basically, I had to get in my suit and get in the water! It was OK for me since I was pretty covered (VERY covered compared to everyone else!) but still a tiny bit awkward since it was mostly dads with their kids in my daughter's group.
Nora did so great! After the course was over, she didn't want to leave and tried twice to throw herself in the pool (but ended up leaving without a fit). Her only problem is the same as at the daycare she goes to... she doesn't take direction well. She likes to do what she wants when she wants and during the course, she was just happily spashing and swimming away from the group, not really caring that the instructor was giving her directions to do something else.
At the end of the class, the instructor came to me and told me her supervisor needed to know about my bathing suit... She was uncomfortable talking to me about it obviously... She asked if it was for religious reasons and I said yes. Then I told her it's a bathing suit, made with the same material as any other. I don't wear this on the street! She came back after consulting her super and said it was fine. I SURE HOPE SO! There'd be no reason to deny me the right to wear this bathing suit, I think!
My cousin and her baby have a class at the same time and she jokingly said, "So Candice, you're ready for winter?" when she saw me. lol

19 Comentários:

Anisah said...

it looks awesome !! wer u comfy in it?
and man o man... islamphobia !~!

LK said...

I guess they wanted to make sure it was made of swim material and not fabric that can get stuck in the flitter system? Thats the main reason you cant wear t-shirts in the pool.

Thing is, men's swim shorts are more free flowing than this suit so I dont really see what their problem was.

Cute suit BTW I think that is my fav one so far that I've seen. It looks like a surfing suit.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

I love your suit! I think its a good balance for you of being modest, yet not overtly Islamic. Definitely more comfortable in a mixed setting. I was thinking of getting Layla lessons this summer. I think I need a suit like yours~

rahma said...

I have a splashgear suit, and always make sure that I obviously shower before I enter the pool (like everyone is suppose to, but few people do) and always tell any new lifeguard that yes, it's a swimsuit, yes it's swimsuit material, I used to be a lifeguard myself, so inshaAllah I won't be a problem, blaah blah blah :)

Let us know how it holds up. It looks perfect for the sister's only swimming that I'm thinking about going to.

Candice said...

I love my suit! It's comfortable and so much more modest than a regular suit. It's enough for me to feel comfortable in it too and not "naked" or exposed.

I didn't really feel any islamophobia from the instructor who was talking to me. She seemed uncomfortable for sure because she said she noticed that it was nothing else than a longer swimsuit and still had to ask me about it. I don't know what the supervisor was thinking about it. We can't swim in our clothing, but this is nothing more than a long bathing suit!

LK: Maybe that's all the supervisor wanted. She could have just come and seen it herself! I almost feel as though the fact that it was for religious reasons kept them from trying to get me to change into something more revealing.

Stacy: Yes, you should get one! :) And Layla would love swimming!

Umm Omar said...

Yay for Nora! And good for you, Candice for wearing your modest swimsuit. I love it!

Candice said...

Rahma: Yes, I showered before getting there too. I didn't wet my hair though, knowing that I wouldn't wet it in the pool either since I was just there to watch Nora a little and the water was barely higher than my knees. But it's a good idea to make sure they know it's made to be wet!

It's nice that you have some sister-only occasions to swim! It's a nice luxury not many Muslimahs get... I guess they would if they have a pool or know a friend with one! You wouldn't want to go all out in a bikini for a women's only gathering? ;) Just kidding. (neither would I)

Umm Omar, thanks!

Melissa said...

Weird that they had to ask about it...but maybe they just wanted to make sure it was a bathing suit and not street clothes?

Anyways, it looks great!

I want to get a burkini, I really miss swimming...but my husband thinks it's too expensive...

Susanne said...

Very cute! I'm glad they didn't mind your wearing it after they found out it was perfectly fine for swimming. :) I liked reading about Nora enjoying her time there. Sounds adorable!

Candice said...

Melissa: Well, I told the instructor that it's bathing suit material and she replied something like, "yes, I know, I noticed when you were in the pool earlier" so she knew... I thought it was weirdest that she asked if it was for religious reasons. If I said no, would they have tried to get me into something more "normal"?

Aalia said...

Awwww kids are so cute in water, mashaa'Allah!! I like ur bathing suit -- something I would for sure wear at a ladies' only pool. Tried looking for one in Dubai but they are so popular among visiting Gulf women that they had only a few to pick from -- costing 500AED!! Omg...

Nurul said...

nora is a little rebel. hehehe. so cute. she got the mind of her own. that is extremely good. creative. :) i wonder where she got it from? :)

bangrudy said...

subhanallah..alhamdulillah. the design will be the 'win2 solution' for muslimah and others. Viva Candice and Nora.

Candice said...

Nurul: YES, she does! She is the most independant toddler ever... It's a lot of work!

My life my story said...

that sounded like so much fun!

FeministMuslima said...

Salam, it is best when you avoid mixing with men. This is not allowed for us to mix with men such as this environment. This swimsuit is not appropriate around men sister. This is good that your daughter is getting swimming lessons, but we must always remain modest and covered up when around the opposite sex, insha'ALLAH.

Candice said...

I avoid mixing with men as much as possible. I don't avoid mixed situations though. I find it quite natural for men and women to be in the same places at the same time like I was at the pool with a couple dads there with their kids.

I am holding to my principles of modesty. I was not risking to cause lust in this situation. I don't wear hijab in my day to day life, I only make sure that I am dressed modestly, and I did the same thing here.

Thank you for your intentions though.

Coffee Catholic a.k.a. Sheep Slave said...

If only I could find modest swimwear that doesn't demand PayPal!! I can't use paypal.

x_Elizabeth_x said...

well I find a good start is the Tankinis that I can find in most high street shops... Over the bottoms I wear surf shorts (made for getting wet.

If you want something with sleeves find a place to get surfing gear to find a surf top, these are light and have at least short sleeves, they also have UV protection for outside (brilliant for kids!)

such as the site below!
http://www.sun-togs.co.uk/catalog/169
http://www.alexandme.com/Womens_UV_Swim_Shirts_s/29.htm

I have seen stuff like this at sports shops and at some supermarkets... although the supermarket ones are normally kids ones

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