Yesterday's closure of public swimming pools infuriated some patrons but many swimmers still went to closed beaches despite the rainstorms and lack of lifeguards. About 150 people were affected when Fanling Swimming Pool was closed 10 minutes after opening yesterday morning, as there were not enough lifeguards. Mr Poon, a regular swimmer at the Shamshuipo pool, said the strike had caused much inconvenience and that employment problems should be solved through discussion. Another swimmer who did not know Fanling Swimming Pool was closed said the public should have been told about the closure earlier. At Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool, Mrs Kwong blamed the government. 'We have never experienced having no lifeguards before,' she said. 'The lifeguards, of course, won't work for the government as their pay was cut so much.' About 10 swimmers at Clear Water Bay Second Beach - which was closed - said they were not worried. Chan Shui, who is in his 60s, said he would continue swimming regardless of whether there were lifeguards. 'I don't think it's dangerous to swim [without lifeguards],' Mr Chan said. 'I go swimming every day, even in winter when no lifeguard services are offered.' Swimmer Lee Mok-cheung also said he was not worried about the safety problem as he and his family would stay near the shore. However, he said he would prefer the lifeguards not to strike. 'They need to [protect] the safety of the swimmers,' he said. 'If someone gets a cramp, no one can save that person ... That's dangerous.' The lifeguards who chose to work refused to comment on the strike, but one said he 'spiritually supported' the action. Alan Luk Pak-lun, 22, a voluntary lifeguard who helped man the Kowloon Park Swimming Pool yesterday, also backed the fight for better pay. 'Cleaners get similar pay. Isn't being a lifeguard a profession? Why did I undergo the training? Pay should be on par with our skills, not our academic education,' he said. Some swimmers at Kowloon Park complained about the closure of the outdoor pools. Philip Tse, 47, said: 'People are always bumping into each other because the main pool is so crowded. It is dangerous.' Public opinion on the strike seemed divided. Susanna Lai, a teacher who brought students to a swim class, said: 'I support the strike because I think they should have the right to protest, it is reasonable.' But Tang Yuet-kuen, a mother, said: 'The timing could have been better. They should have done this in colder weather or when school starts.'