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Lap-Swim Basic Information

St. Paul Tennis Club
Lap-Swimming Information
Summer – 2019

Lap-Swim Schedule
Monday – Friday
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Daily
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
**Lane 1 is being made available for lap-swimming daily for all Family-Swim  sessions. This is a dedicated Circle-swimming lane; solo-swimming as numbers permit.
Master’s Swimming Workout
Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. (Lanes 1, 2, 3)
Sunday
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


Lap-Swimming:  Basic Information
The SPTC Pool:  We have five 25-yard lanes available at the SPTC.  They are numbered 1-5, right to left, observed from the shallow end of the pool.  Lane guides are installed for lap-swim sessions except for the noon to 1:00 p.m. session.  
FYI:  ¼ mile = 16+ lengths.  ½ mile = 33 lengths.  1mile = 66 lengths 
The Three Types of Lap-Swimming
Solo-Swimming:  At the SPTC, Solo-Swimming is defined as a dedicated, one person per lane with a 30-minute time limit.  The lap-swim session from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. will always have lanes 1, 2, and 3 as dedicated lanes for solo-swimming. Lanes 4 and 5 to be available for circle swimming, but may be used for solo swimming if the number swimming permits.  If additional swimmers enter this session, lanes 4 and 5 revert back to either split-lane or circle-swimming as numbers dictate.
Split-Lane Swimming:  When two swimmers split a lane, each swims on one side or the other – no cross over/switching sides.  Always communicate with the other swimmer about sharing a lane when entering a lane with a solo swimmer. 

Circle-Swimming:  Circle-swimming is defined as multiple swimmers using the same lane, swimming in a circular pattern in the lane, left and right of the black center-line. This is the most common system and most efficient form of lap-swimming in that it provides the maximum use of available space for the maximum number of participants.  



Bits-and-Pieces for Circle-Swimming

Circle swimming traffic direction:  At the SPTC, our "rule" is that swimmers in odd-numbered lanes always swim in a counter-clockwise direction.  Swimmers in even-number lanes always swim in a clockwise direction.  All swimming is either left or right of the black center-line.  Note that these directions apply when starting from either end of the pool. A quick check: swimmers in the adjacent lane across the lane guide should always be moving in the same direction as you.


Find a Lane:  When circle swimming, pick a lane with swimmers who swim at your pace or who are doing workouts complementary to yours. It's important and courteous to others in the lane that you'd like to enter that lane. When joining a lane with swimmers who seem to be doing a common workout, find out what it is and decide if you want to swim their workout with them. Again, the common courtesy when others are in a lane is to always communicate first before joining the lane, and also, to never, ever, ever, enter an occupied lane by jumping or diving in.


Passing:  Quite often with circle swimming, it becomes necessary to pass the swimmer ahead of you. Never attempt to pass in the middle of a length; passing is safest at the ends of a pool. The unwritten signal for passing is usually a touching/tapping of the toes of the person ahead of you.  If you are being passed, move to one corner or the other of the end wall to allow passing.  Awareness, communication, and courtesy are important ingredients for lap-swimming.


Spacing: Allow a minimum of at least 5 seconds before pushing off behind the swimmer ahead of you. See Pace Clock below.


Resting/stopping: If you need to rest or stop for any reason (fixing goggles, etc.), it's always best and safest to do this at the end of the pool. If circle swimming, move to one corner or the other of the end wall to allow others in the lane an unimpeded turn. 

Pace Clock:  Find and then learn how to use the pace clock.  Ours is on the building at the deep end of the pool and operates 24/7.  Advanced lap-swimming is highly dependent on being able to use this clock.