Lap Swimming Etiquette 101

Lap Swimming Etiquette 101

Track your progress with a lap swim counter.
A lap swim counter helps you track your progress.

Swimming laps can be a great way to stay in shape and get the exercise you need with less impact on your joints. However, if you’re ready to head to the pool to swim laps, it’s important to make sure you are up-to-date on the etiquette so you don’t interfere with any of the other swimmers who are trying to get their workouts in. In addition to investing in a lap swim counter so you can track your progress, keep the following tips in mind.

Choose the Correct Lane

When you get to the pool, it may be tempting to jump into the first open lane you see, but it’s important to know the rules first. Some pools designate their lanes for specific speeds and you need to make sure the one you choose matches your lap swimming style. If the lanes aren’t specifically marked, asked the lifeguard or another staff member about the expectations. Choose the lane that offers the speed you’re most likely to use for a majority of your time in the pool.

Handling Full Lanes

There may be a time when you visit the pool and either all lanes are occupied or the ones that match your desired speed are currently in use. Rather than walking away to wait, sit against the wall at the end of the lane you are waiting for. This will indicate you intend to use it when it frees up. If you can’t wait too long, ask the swimmer when he or she pauses if they mind sharing the lane and each taking a side or exercising in a circular manner.

Managing Different Speeds

If there are no speed designations on the lanes, you may encounter a swimmer who is going slower than you or one who is trying to move faster than you. If you are coming up on someone who is swimming slower, you are free to pass as long as there is no one coming toward you on the other side of the lane and there is plenty of room. When someone faster is swimming up behind you, maintain your speed. Don’t go faster and only slow down marginally to allow them to pass efficiently.

When you are ready to swim laps, it’s important to have more than just a lap swim counter to keep track of the number of laps you’re doing. You should also fully understand the proper etiquette to ensure you don’t make any mistakes that could cause problems for other swimmers.

If you are in the market for a lap swim counter, contact us. We carry everything you need to exercise in the water more efficiently.

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