Lap Swimming Etiquette

So everyone can enjoy their workout in the pool, we ask you to follow a few guidelines (below) when using the lap lanes of the swimming pool.

Shallow End

  • Enter the pool feet-first.
  • If it’s busy, ease in.

Deep End

  • 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 (recommended)

  • 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 (recommended)

  • 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.
  • Six or more swimmers can fit in a lane if proper etiquette is observed and swimmers of like speed are together.
  • See passing etiquette 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.
  • 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.