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Lane Awareness

One of the many unique aspects of the DAM program is that our swim practices are held in small pools with large numbers of bodies. This condition occasionally results in crowded lanes with swimmers of slightly differing abilities. As much as most crowding problems can be prevented there are instances, where due to lack of awareness, people get left behind or left out.

Please keep these following points in mind when sharing a lane and swimming with others

  • Be in the water before 5 minutes past the hour to insure a spot in the lane.
  • If you don't already know them, introduce yourself to your lane mates during the 10 minute warmup.
  • Know the DIRT on the set (Distance, Interval, Repeats and goal Time) before shoving off.
  • If entering a lane after a set has begun, wait in the right corner (facing the wall) until your presence is known.
  • Know the number of swimmers in your lane and count them while circle swimming.
  • Anticipate when others will catch you and pull over at the wall for faster swimmers.
  • Leave the wall in a workout 5 seconds after the swimmer who preceeds you. Do not leave the wall early as this can cause backups in the lane.
  • '3rd or 4th Person In' means first swimmer leaves for the next set when the 3rd or 4th swimmer touches the wall.
  • 'R:10 or R:15' means everyone in the lane gets at least that amount of rest between sets. The recommended rest is posted on the white board.
  • '#1 + :15' means the time of the first swimmer determines the interval for the entire lane.
  • When finishing a repeat, touch the wall and move to the left, allowing those behind to touch the wall as well.
  • If stopping during a repeat, stay in the designated right-hand corner, allowing those behind to turn on the left.
  • If you wish to swim any part of a second hour workout, first check with the coach on deck. When your first hour workout is over, please exit the pool and wait until the swimmers for the next workout are in the pool. If there is room in the lane the coach will advise you when you can get back in the pool. Note that you will not always be able to swim more than an hour due to overcrowding.

For more information, see these articles on usms.org


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