Lane Swimming Fitness Tips for ALL
Some people do get worried about lane swimming. Whether it be you think you’re swimming too slow for the others or you are not a strong enough swimmer. Lane swimming is for all whether you are a beginner, competent swimmer or practising your skills there is room for all levels.
Here are some tips to help you along the way!
- Before you start swimming, choose the lane that best suits your swimming ability – either Fast, Medium or Slow. It’s down to you to know your own swimming ability, if in doubt, go for the lower speed lanes, you can always move lanes of needed. Follow the extra tips below about speed whilst lane swimming,
– If you find you are overtaking a lot of people move up a lane
– If they are being overtaking you move down a lane.
– The same people do not swim everyday so do not presume that you will be in the same lane every time you swim.
– The lifeguards are there to help and will keep an eye out. If they ask you to move over – please do not be offended by this it may make your own swim more enjoyable.
- Before you set off for your swim, make sure you know which direction the lane is swimming in and please ensure you follow the directional signs for this. This saves potential injuries and makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
- Ensure when lane swimming that you are staying as close to the lane ropes as possible. This allows other swimmers to pass alongside you safely. Please don’t swim down the middle of the lane unless necessary! Follow these other tips below about lane positioning.
– You may have seen black lines on the floor of the pool to indicate a single lane. You should not be swimming over this, but to the side closet to the lane rope.
– A double lane will have 2 lines to indicate two lanes you should follow the principle above and swim to the side not down the middle of the line.
- If you are swimming and you feel a light tap on your foot, that’s the universal sign that the person behind is letting you know they are there, so if you feel that tap please stop at the end of the length and allow them to pass you safely.
- You are allowed to swim backstroke in lane swimming, but before setting off on your back always check behind you and give at least a gap of 5 seconds between you and the person in front to avoid bumping into them. If you do apologise and leave a bigger gap or overtake safely. check below for more tips on swimming backstroke
– Swimming on you back means you cannot see where you are going always use marks on the ceiling to mark or the flags (not always out) when you are coming to the end of your length.
- There are certain times when you do not want to be interrupted during your swim, but we all need to remember that it is a public pool and so we must be accommodating to others.
- Stopping at any point during your swim to fix you goggle or just to take a break is fine, but you need to make sure you are stopping in the right place to avoid annoying or bumping into others. Always stand to the side of the lane as this will allow other swimmers to continue their session and again could save you from a potential injury. If coming to the end of your length always swim into the corner. If you swim to the middle this can hinder other from turning and continuing.
- Never start your length at the same time as others, you should always leave a gap. Leaving a sufficient gap between you and the person setting off in front of you (Usually a five second gap and use the wall clock if needed) to allow you to swim without having to worry about having people swimming on top of you, or you catching them up. If you do catch someone up halfway through the length, remember, just a light tap on the foot to let them know you are there and they should stop at the end of the length to allow you to pass.
- People swim in all different ways and using of the different strokes. The common perception is that breaststroke should not be taking place in the fast lane. Whilst there is some truth to this, remember the lanes are speed designated, not stroke designated, in some instances some swimmers breaststroke is actually faster than other peoples front crawl or backstroke, although admittedly this is rare but if you are changing strokes throughout your session, it may be necessary to change lanes as well.
- You are allowed to use equipment in lane swimming to aid with learning or perfecting a technique. When using equipment such as kick boards or pull buoys these pieces of equipment tend to slow you down. So if the lane you are in is too busy or you will be unable to match the speed you may need to drop down a lane. If you are learning then you may find going later or ask reception which are less bsuy time and they can adviuse you when best to come.
Lane etiquette is one of the simple aspects of a swim that if we all made a conscious effort with, the swim would be that much more safe and enjoyable for everyone.
The Lifeguard Team will be watching and keeping an eye on all swimmers in the pool as that’s their job and they will ask swimmers to move over lanes if they deem it necessary. As I said before, please do not be offended by this and remember they are just doing their job!