Excellence 300
        Lane Etiquette        

Leave 5 Seconds Apart

  • Remember to keep an eye on the pace clock and push off 5 seconds behind the swimmer in front of you. This will allow enough space between swimmers for a smooth practice set.

  • Leaving too early disrupts the person in front of you; leaving too late disrupts everyone behind you. Leaving on time is the best way to ensure everyone is getting the best workout and the most out of their training, including you.

  • Swimmers that continually leave early and swim closely behind another swimmer are drafting, being pulled by the swimmer in front of them. Therefore, the second swimmer is not having to do as much work and is not getting the full effect of the workout.


  • If a swimmer is at your feet, always let them pass.  Do not hold up the effort of another swimmer just because you want to be first.  You are not helping anyone, especially yourself.

  • The swimmer behind should pass to the left (center of the lane).  The swimmer being passed should be respectful, continue swimming slowly near the lane line, let the other swimmer pass, and fall in line.

  • Another alternative is for the lead swimmer to pause at the next wall and let the swimmer pass.

  • After letting a swimmer pass, don't be embarrassed or get frustrated and immediately sprint to pass.

  • The passing swimmer should always thank the other swimmer upon completion of the set.

  • Never grab another swimmer to pass; it's a good way to hurt yourself or the other swimmer.

Finish To The Wall

  • Every swimmer deserves an opportunity to complete their swim.

  • After finishing all the way to the wall, swimmers need to move to the center of the lane to let everyone else finish.

General Guidelines

  • Be respectful of everyone in your lane.  Work together as a TEAM.

  • Remember, each person in a lane can help another swimmer become a better athlete, whether it's by encouragement, support, or the simple gesture of letting someone pass.

  • If you know a swimmer is a little more advanced in a certain stroke than you are, let them go ahead of you before the set begins.

  • If you are sprinting every set just to be the leader, including drill sets, recovery sets, warm up and down, then you are not training the right way.  Lane leaders set the example by doing things correctly.

  • Do not pull on the lane lines to keep pace or to pass.

  • If you are practicing the right way, trying to do your drills correctly, giving your best effort, and being respectful of your teammates, your coach will be happy wherever you are in the lane.