For three years, a guide to lane swimming etiquette has been this site’s most consistently popular post, rarely out of the Top Five most popular posts at any single time, still read hundreds or sometimes even thousands of times every week.
It is heartening that swimmers around the world are bound by a similar frustration with the Furious Bob‘s of the pool-swimming world.
Despite writing that article, I’ve been sporting a fine Swedish Goggles black eye recently, inflicted by a kick from someone who shouldn’t even have been in a swim lane. Received only two days after I had yet another conversation with a lifeguard who couldn’t understand the need to curtail the seven swimmers in the lane, including the lady who was unable to swim a single length. And didn’t comprehend that safety wasn’t just about watching for children who are drowning. There’s an added irony in that of course. Does it matter if we actual swimmers share and understand a lane etiquette that will work for almost everyone, if the Furious Bob’s and lifeguards and pool management fail to understand and implement such?
By the way, that photo on the side also illustrates the most obvious downside of Swedish Goggles, and why I never wear them when open water racing. (Where the chances of getting a kick to the face are more predictable than should be the case in the pool).
I don’t know how to make it better for us all. We can only try one swimmer and one pool at a time. Educating your pool management certainly helps, and it’s a long time since I was told to stop doing flip turns since I was frightening the other “swimmers” if such they could really be called while standing blocking the lane end without being able to swim two consecutive lengths. So in the spirit of trying to help, below is an Infographic I made of the most relevant lane swimmer etiquette guidelines that you can print at A3 size, laminate and give to your pool in the hope they will post it, and thereby hopefully improve your swimming life. The image below is the lower resolution version for web. HERE is the link to the print resolution PDF.
Feel free to share online or anywhere else. Let’s keep trying to make pools more swimmer-friendly!
(Why yes, this Is a back-up post I put out because I haven’t worked on anything else recently, now that you mention it.)