Lap Swimming Etiquette
When we work together, lap swimming can be a wonderful experience for all levels of need and fitness and enhances the aquatic experience for all patrons. Smile and enjoy your workout.
- When there are more than two people in a lane, circle swimming is required. If there are only two people in a lane, they have the option of splitting a lane.
- The customary traffic pattern in the United States is congruous to our driving pattern of staying to the right. This would be swimming in a counter-clockwise circle in the lane.
- Always swim complete laps of the pool. Avoid stopping in the middle of the pool for any reason, this can interfere with other swimmers and cause collisions.
- Stop only at the wall and once stopped, stay in the corner of the lane, preferable the left hand corner.
- If you are approaching the wall and another lap swimmer is swimming at a faster rate then you are, pause at the wall to allow the faster swimmer to go by.
- Always start, turn and finish at the wall. This will enhance your fitness and keep clear communication within the lane.
- If you need to pass in your lane move up to the swimmer and tap his/her foot. It is inappropriate to grab, pull, or tickle the person, but a tap is a clear indication of your presence and your intent to pass.
- If your foot has been tapped there is no need to stop. Once you are aware of another's intent to pass, slow down just slightly and slide over as close to the lane rope as possible.
- If the indication to pass has occured right before the wall, it is appropriate to pause at the wall in the right hand corner to allow the swimmer to advance throught his/her turn.
- If you are passing a swimmer, it is the custom to pass on the left after you have indicated your intent by tapping his/her foot.
- A pass must be initiated in time to over take the slower swimmer before the wall. In case of ambiguity approaching the turn, the swimmer whose head is closest to the wall has the right of way and the swimmer whose head is behind must yield the turn in the interest of safety.
- To pass several swimmers in a line the faster swimmer can move to the other side of the lane and change directions. This pass can be done only after being certain the space is clear and he or she is slightly ahead of the line once he/she has turned around.
- Faster swimmers should give slower swimmers as much space in front of them as possible before pushing off or start their swim just before the slower swimmer reaches the wall to avoid having to pass them right away.
- If you encounter a problem with a fellow swimmer, please notify a lifeguard immediately.