I was walking towards the bench yesterday at the pool to place my towel and one of the life guards greets me with a very friendly "ca va?"
Then later when my goggles refuse to cooperate and I had to adjust the strap for what seemed like forever I got:
"Madame we can lend you some if you need"
I very politely refused her offer, did my laps and then went into the locker room. After a short while one of the lifeguards comes in calling for me while I am in the changing stall.
"Madame some workmen need to come through here in a few minutes so please don't come out naked"
I hadn't begun to change yet so I opened the door and acknowledged her with a smile and a firm reassurance I wasn't going to do that.
Like I said before, I don't know what that combination is but I very much like it. No question part of it is the fact that women are generally nicer and more open with each other.