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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!

Give it a GO – Learn to Ride

These sessions are to give you confidence on how to learn to ride a bike in fun and sociable environment for ladies only so why not give it a go?

More dates to come in the new year, but register your interest NOW!

The sessions are designed to give you the confidence and to try cycling, whether you’ve not ridden a bike for years or have never ridden a bike. We go at your pace and we look after you. You don’t need to have your own bike as we have bikes for people to use. Please be aware that instructors are mixed male and female.

You need to pre-book as places are limited and demand is high. please use the contact us button of the right hand side to book your place and to enquire about any other activities.

Please let us know: –

1. Which dates you would like to book?

2. Do you need a bike?

3. Telephone number?

4. Email address?

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Give it a GO – Tennis

Tennis sessions are pay as you go so and the emphasis is on providing a fun and friendly environment to either just hit the ball or get expert advise from our tennis coach (Piers) who will be present every week. This session gives women a great way to keep fit and  there is always a real social element to the sessions.

More dates to come in the new year, but register your interest NOW!

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Give it a Go – Walk to Jog

These sessions are to give you a taste of walking to progress to jogging, but will let you go at you own pace with a run leader and a back marker so no one will be left behind. After you have done your activity there will be an opportunity to have a drink and biscuits and a catch up with the girls!
For women only!

Location: Chelmsford Athletics Club, Club House, Salerno Way, CM1 2EH
Date: Wednesday’s (excluding school holidays)
Time: 9.30 – 10.30am
Price: £2.00 leisure card holder or £3.00 non-leisure card holder
Coach: Karen, Rosie and Steph

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Give it a Go – Swimming

These lessons are to give you confidence in the water and help to learn to swim or improve technique. These sessions are held in the learner pool at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre and in the boom walled area at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre offering separate pool space to learn to swim with all female teaching staff Sue and Rosie. Please be aware that lifeguards are mixed for these sessions.

Lesson are 4 for £10!

Location: Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Chelmsford, CM1 1FG
Date: NEW Course! starting Monday 3 November
Time: 11.30am – 12pm

Location: Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Chelmsford, CM1 1FG
Date: NEW Course! starting Friday 7 November
Time :11.30am – 12pm

Location: South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre
Date: NEW courses! starting in January
Time: 1.30pm – 2pm

Location: South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre
Date: NEW courses! starting in January
Time: 2pm – 2.30pm

Instructors: Sue and Rosie

See what Helen said about the Give it a Go – swimming lessons

Please book early to avoid disappointment! Use the contact us for booking enquiries.

Sometimes we just don’t want men around! if you want to try your swimming in the comfort of other like-minded ladies then these sessions are for you.

Ladies Only Public Swimming Sessions

Monday evening at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre between 6pm and 8pm are for ladies only. Please contact centre directly for prices on 01245 605050

Sunday evening at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre between 6.30pm and 7.15pm are for ladies only. Please contact centre directly for prices on 01245 605600

Please be aware that lifeguards are mixed.

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