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The top ten swimming pool rules: hint...when it comes to peeing ignorance is bliss

Posted Mar 07 2011 12:00pm


Spring is springing in some areas around the States which means once thing, triathlon season is around the corner!

With all the unbridled enthusiasm of ramping up training and the prospect of applying all of your off-season improvement, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a substantial increase of people at the swimming pool wherever you get your swim on.

Increased traffic equals decreased accessibility. Don’t get bent out of shape when you get to the pool and the lanes are full, just remember some of these rules of thumb and basic explanations:

10) A lane generally consists of a 4 to 5 foot wide section of the pool from end to end.  Usually lanes are divided by a rope or buoy system and have a tile stripe on the pool floor.

9) Generally one swimmer will swim over that stripe doing laps.

8) When a lane is full, generally it means that two people have divided the lane and are swimming laps on their side of the lane.  Sometimes people will swim circle laps but this is more difficult if people have differing swimming speeds.

7) If you find that each lane has one swimmer, you have the right to ask someone to share a lane.  They have the right to refuse, but most people won't.  If they do refuse... they have more problems in life than you do or they are swimming butterfly and don't want to clock you.

6) Don't jump in a lane without getting the attention of the swimmer occupying the lane.  Definitely do not start swimming in the lane without asking the first swimmer in the lane.

5) Acceptable ways to get a swimmer's attention:

  •   Stand at the end of the lane and verbally ask to share the lane.
  •   Tap them on the hand if they do not respond to verbal communication (I know I wear ear plugs for holes in my eardrums so I cannot hear very well while swimming).
  •   Sit on pool side and dangle your feet to the side of center of the lane.  If they are doing flip turns, it's hard to get their attention.

4) If they do not acknowledge you, move on and ask someone else or wait.  Again, don't jump in the lane and start swimming.

3) If they are already swimming in 1/2 of the lane, they already give permission to share the lane.  Go for it.  If they object, I didn't tell you to do that...
If you have a skin issue that requires a band aid, you shouldn’t be swimming in a public pool. 

2) If you insist on swimming, please take off the band aid so the next person in the pool doesn’t find the evidence floating on top of the water.  Ignorance is bliss.

1) Refer to 9 about peeing in the pool.  If you do, don’t ask, don’t tell.  Ignorance is bliss.

Ryann Ryan Falkenrath writes the blog , and is a married father of one (soon to be two), owner of three dogs and trying to balance life, work and multisport. Ryan has participated in multisport events since 2001.  Ryan is also the Kansas Endurance Sports Examiner and you can read more of his triathlon thoughs HERE .  Contact Ryan at:

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