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Swimming in a Group

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TURN AT THE MIDDLE, OR LEFT CORNER OF YOUR LANE. http://swimswam.com/dont-swimmer-8-swimming-etiquette-donts/​

Just like driving, or walking, or life in the general, observing the rules of the road always makes things go a lot smoother for everyone involved. Less head-on collisions, and fewer fist-waggings.

Circle swimming, although short of traffic fines and reflective signage, has its own set of peculiar customs. Swimming in a circle, for one. Which means not swimming in a rectangle, or worse, a rhombus.

Remember to angle towards that big, black T when swimming into the wall so that the toe-tickler behind you has room to swim into their turn as well.

Here are some of the major no-nos and yes-yeses of swim practice.

Don't:

  • Dive 
  • Use the starting blocks independently
  • Swim down the middle of a lane
  • Remain stationary in the lane, except at the wall
  • Stand or hold onto the wall in the middle of the lane
  • Grab another swimmer
  • Push off the wall immediately before or after another swimmer—no tailgating!
  • Do your own thing in a lane that is following a prescribed set or workout.
  • Don't leave early, leave on the 5 or 0 of your prescribed send off- not 1-2 seconds earlier

Do:

  • Enter the water feet first. 
  • Dive only from the starting blocks, when instructed by your coach
  • Circle swim, staying always to the right of the lane, only moving toward the center when ready to turn at the wall
  • Leave the pool if unable to continue swimming
  • Scoot to the corner of the lane while standing or holding onto the wall
  • Tap a swimmer's toes in front of you, indicating that you wish to pass at the next turn
  • Allow 5 seconds between swimmers unless otherwise indicated

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How to use a Pace Clock:

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Typical Workout:

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Equipment: (ask your coach what is required)

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Yards and Meters

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Swimming Etiquette

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