Piscine Jean Bouin
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The pool is on the top floor of a sports complex-cum-multi-storey car park: take the elevator to Level 5 for the pool reception desk. Single admission tickets are barcoded: hold the bar code against the reader on the outer face of the turnstile (not against what looks like a reader on the top of the turnstile) to gain admittance to the locker rooms. Lockers require a €1 coin as deposit; the coin is returned when unlocked after use. There's plenty of space poolside for stuff that you want to keep with you. After swimming and going down the steps back to the locker rooms, turn left if you are a woman and right if you are a man. There are no signs to help you so do try to remember this: it will help you avoid embarrassment (and possible prosecution!).
In common with many (if not all) French pools, a maillot de bain sportif (i.e., Speedo-type swim suit) and bonnet de bain (swimming cap) are obligatory.
The usual school calendar dependent schedule applies - it's commonly understood throughout France, but foreigners will be well-advised to consult with a local about when the pool may be open or closed.
All lockers appear to be padlock lockers now. I did not see any that took coins. The lockers are also not numbered, so if you have a particularly common type of padlock, best to remember where your locker is.
The signage here is terrible. Shoes should be removed at benches just inside locker rooms. The male and female changing sections are separate. As another commenter mentioned, remember that after going downstairs from the pool, men go right and women go left. Look for stairs up when leaving the locker area. The stairs up to pool are not immediately visible from the locker exit and are not signed. A route that one might be tempted to take will take you to opposite-sex showers. The stairs are ahead and around a corner from the men’s change room.
Access to pool is on the east side of building and is reasonably marked, but this facility is at one of the least pedestrian-friendly intersections in Nice. Everyone jaywalks in Nice, but this is at a dangerous set of intersections.
The pool facility itself is quite good and clean. The change rooms show a bit of wear, but are very acceptable. The crowding is unfortunate.