Lane etiquette

Updated: Mar 12

Can we all get along and swim in peace and harmony in the pool?

Sometimes the lane etiquette is a disaster and each swimmer follows their own rules.

Lane rage is common!!! Instead of having a calm relaxed swim you spend your whole session trying to get away from the breaststroke person and not get kicked overtaking. Lets try clear up a few little niggles.

1. Choose your lane. Judge the pace of the lane before you jump in and please make sure you don’t do breaststroke in the fast lane unless you are Adam Peaty!!! Definitely no arms swinging in all direction backstroke with breaststroke leg kick in the fast lane.

2. Needing to have a little rest? That’s perfectly fine but make sure you do your resting and talking in the corners of the lane and so that way it’s easier for the other swimmers to keep training and they can have clear access to the centre of the wall for an easy tumble or touch turn.

3. No gymnastics at the end of the lane. Yes it happens and it's seen weekly. Warm up or cool down on the pool deck.

4. Tumble turns are brilliant but need to be practiced to make sure that when you do tumble you push off on the correct side of the lane . No pushing off onto incoming swimmers.

5. Always give way to the faster swimmers in the lane when you get to the wall. That way you will not have someone tapping your feet the whole length and crowding your space.

6. No lane hogging. Stay on your side and don’t swim down the middle and expect swimmers to over take without bumping into you..

7. Cross at the T to turn. When going into the wall, cross into the centre of the lane and turn.

Peace and harmony restored in lane swimming!!!!


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