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Lap Swimming Etiquette
Entering the Water
Enter the pool feet-first.
If it's busy, ease in.
You may dive, but only if the pool is completely clear in front of you.
Just like driving a car, you swim on the right side of the lane in a counter-clockwise pattern.
Keep the middle of the lane open.
At the wall
Lightly touch the person's foot in front of you to indicate that you want to pass.
They will stop at the wall, allowing you to pass.
In the middle of the pool
Make sure the way is clear.
Pass on the inside or middle of the lane.
Lightly touch the person's foot to indicate that you want to pass. They should 'hug the lane.'
Only pass between the backstroke flags
At the Wall
The swimmer behind you will touch your foot to indicate they want to pass.
Stop at the right corner of the lane, so they can pass you on the left.
In the middle of the pool
Slow down a bit.
Swim as close to the lane line as you can.
This allows them room and time to pass.
Number of People in a Lane
6 or more swimmers can fit in a lane if proper etiquette is observed and swimmers of like speed are together.
See passing ettiquite above.
The lanes are designated
Fast, Medium, and Slow.
These terms are relative.
Find the best lane for you by watching the current swimmers.
If you're still unsure, ask a lifeguard for assistance.
If you are the first one in the lane, abide by circle swimming so others may join you.
Swimming in a lane with people at your pace often helps better swimmers' performance and workout.
When resting on the wall, stay to the right side of the lane to stay away from swimmers coming in.
Avoid stopping in the middle of the pool.
This causes lane back-up.
Be aware of the swimmers around you at all times.
The Diplomacy of Shared Space
If someone makes a suggestion concerning any of the mentioned etiquette topics, try to make adjustments in the spirit of cooperation.
If you make a suggestion to another swimmer, try to do it as diplomatically as possible.
Lifeguards will intercede only if there is a problem that cannot be resolved or if there appears to be a safety concern.
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