Lap Swimming Lane Etiquette

Follow these do’s and don’ts when sharing the pool with others users.

 

1. Don’t cross the black line

During the trip up and down the pool, it’s easy to get hypnotised by that black line which is often the only thing you see for the duration of the workout. Remember to not swim up-and-down directly above it, lest you slap
a couple of other swimmers who are staring at the same thing.

2. Give other people some space

We all lap at diff erent speeds, so when you have to share a lane, pick another person that’s swimming at about the same pace as you. Don’t tuck in behind them and enjoy the free draft, pass them if you need to ‘lap’ them.

3. Turn at the middle of left corner of your lane

Swimming is no diff erent to driving or walking. Observing the rules of the road always makes life a little easier and safer. To avoid head-on collisions remember to angle towards that big black T when swimming into the wall so that the person behind you has room to swim their turn as well. If you haven’t mastered the ‘turn’ then circle swimming on opposite side of the lane.

4. Don’t block your lane

So you’ve nearly reached that magical number and you’re starting to hurt, but if you have to stop to stretch a cramp, adjust your goggles, or reread the set, move to the corner that puts you out of the way of other swimmers so that they can turn unobstructed.

5. Enjoy those laps!