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Lap Swimming Etiquette

A few simple swimming etiquette rules at the 360 pool will ensure everybody gets the most out of their swim. Before diving in, please stand back, take note of any pool or lap swimming rules and watch the pool.

POOL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Read the 360 Aquatic Code.

LANE ASSIGNMENTS

If lanes are pre-assigned to fast, medium, and slow swimmers, the first step is to figure out where you fit. What is your swimming pace?

EMPTY LANES

Your first choice should be a lane that corresponds to your swimming pace and that is empty. If all of the lanes that match your swimming pace have swimmers in them but there are other lanes that are empty then you may swim in the empty lane, but please be prepared to change lanes if new swimmers arrive.

SPEED AND SKILL LEVEL

If all lanes are occupied, watch the swimmers in the lanes that match your swimming pace and skill level. Which swimmer or swimmers look like the best match for you? Choose to enter the lane with the swimmers who would interfere with you the least, and who you would interfere with the least.

ENTERING A LANE

Sit on the edge of the pool and hang your legs in the water off to one side of the lane, allowing the swimmer(s) in the water to complete a few more laps before you enter the water. The idea is to let them know you are there and give them the chance to stop and confirm how the lane is going to work once you start swimming. If they are the only swimmer in the lane and they stop, ask if they want to circle or split the lane. If there are already two swimmers in the lane you must circle swim, and all of the swimmers need to know that circle swimming is starting. If nobody stops, then follow the same pattern they are already using.

SPLITTING

Splitting the lane is dividing the lane in half, with the center line on the bottom of the pool marking no-man’s land. You swim on your half of the lane no matter which direction you are swimming.

CIRCLE SWIMMING

Circle swimming means that you always swim on the left-hand side of the lane in whichever direction you’re heading. When you reach the wall and do your swimming turn, you swim back on the other side of the lane (which in turn becomes your left-hand side). The center line on the bottom of the pool still marks no-man’s land.

Before diving in, please stand back, take note of any pool or lap swimming rules and watch the pool.

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