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Lane Etiquette Swim Team

Neely, Wendy - Saturday, December 24, 2011

We want everyone to stay safe, have a fun and productive workout environment.

  1. Check the bad or nervous energy at the door. Distracted mins cause crashes in cars and in the pool. Honor yourself and be present for the workout session.
  2. Choose a lane based on your endurance and skill level. If you are not sure ask your Coach.
  3. When entering the water, make sure there is a safe distance between you and any incoming swimmers.
  4. NO DIVING, JUMPING OR CANNON BALLS  - enter feet first!
  5. Circle swimming only - swim down the right hand side of the lane not in the middle of the lane.
  6. Do your best to be on time. If you are late you must join in with the skill set in progress.
  7. Communicate with your lane mates. Communication builds friendships, leads to less frustration and a productive workout session.
  8. Once a set is given work with your lane to figure out the intervals as well as designated leader of the set. Leaders may very based on the set.
  9. Pull over to the right hand corner if you want to rest. This creates minimal disturbance in the flow of the lane.
  10. Always stay off the black center line unless instructed to do so.
  11. Pass with care as if you were driving your car. Always be aware of on coming traffic! Usually passing in the middle of the pool is the safest place to pass.
  12. When passing the passer must have enough speed to safely go around and get in front of the swimmer quickly. If passing takes all your energy, passing isn't the solution. Switch places at the wall or give 10 - 12 seconds before pushing off.
  13. Hang or stand at the wall sideways with one hand. Even the 5th person in the row has the right to finish or hang at the wall.
  14. Nobody wants heavy breathing down their neck or in their face. Breath, cough, burp into the gutter or find your own personal space.
  15. Make your turns in the center of the lane and push off to the right. Avoid head-on collisions!
  16. If another swimmer is right on your tail, you probably need to pull over to the right and let them pass. Letting them pass at the wall is optimal - if they try and pass you in the middle of the pool DON'T SPEED UP let them pass.

By following these rules we eliminate crashes and frustration during our workouts, allowing each swimmer (including you) to have a fun and productive workout. If you have questions or concerns about your workout group or lane talk to your Coach - they are our traffic and safety officers!

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