Swim lane etiquette: 5 Don’ts

Having been to the pool this morning, it inspired me to write some unwritten (now written) rules of swim lane etiquette.

In no particular order:

  1. DON’T have a conversation with the lady behind you when in the medium lane – This probably applies to all lanes, not just the medium lane.  If you can hold a conversation with the person behind you, you should not be at a lane swimming session. Please enjoy your swim, then meet in the coffee shop afterwards.
  2. DON’T use a float in the fast laneagain, I can assure you that if you have a float between your legs or in your arms in order to work on your stroke you are not going fast!!
  3. DON’T wear a peach swimming suitThis is probably a given for being in a pool at anytime, not just lane swimming and goes for men and women. I don’t care if it shows off your tan, if it is a flattering tone, even if it was a present from your beloved.  When in the pool and people are wearing goggles or swimming with water in their eyes…well…it cannot be unseen!!!  (as an aside, the person in the peach swimming trunks was a man!)
  4. DON’T cut across the lane when you are 10 metres from the end. I know, you just want to get to the end and turn.  Sliding along the end is frustrating, but when I am gunning down on you, and you cut across 15m into a 25 metre pool, you are taking your life into your own hands.
  5. DON’T be that person who spends the whole time overtaking EVERYONE in the medium lane just because you are afraid of playing with the big boys.  If you are overtaking all the time, it’s probably time to progress to a speedier lane. This one’s for me 🙂

Now go enjoy a swim!!

What are your rules of the pool?

What bad experiences have you encountered


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2 thoughts on “Swim lane etiquette: 5 Don’ts

  1. caronbot November 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Don’t draft off someone in front of you and nip at their feet. If you can pass, pass.

    If you can’t stay straight doing backstroke, don’t do backstroke.

    Don’t scream “there is a shark in the water” if there is not a shark in the water.

    Under no circumstances make toast in the pool.

    • Emily Hawkes November 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm Reply

      Fabulous suggestions 🙂
      Have you ever come across someone eating toast in the pool? 🙂

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