Cheltenham Triathlon Club
For experienced and aspiring triathletes

Swim Lane Etiquette.

Here are a few reminders of lane etiquette now that we are back at the Rec. Centre and things are a again a bit different from the Lido.

1) TIME KEEPING - ALWAYS arrive ready on poolside 10 minutes before the session start time so you can help get things ready if required, get yourself ready and most importantly, you are there for the Coaches briefing. If you know you are going to be late or arrive late due to unforeseen circumstances, wait on the side of the pool until a coach (or lane leader) comes to a break in the session, and then ask permission to get in.

2) PACING - you should aim to swim at YOUR OWN pace not that of others in your lane. If you are in doubt as to what that should be or which lane you should be in have a word with one of the coaches (especially Sue/Ade/Bri/Karen).

3) HEEL TAPPING - do not swim on the heels of the person in front! There is nothing more irritating that someone constantly tapping your feet, and depending who you are tapping, you may be lucky to get away with a polite request to move in front, but you may receive a kick in the head so BEWARE!

4) TIMING - Leave about 5 seconds between swimmers to a) avoid the temptation to just keep up with the person in front, b) help you to swim off of your own times, c) to get a clear indication from the clock what times you are swimming and d) no toe tapping (so avoidance of a kick in the head!)/no bunching in the lane and ultimately no lane rage!

5) FINISH - Always aim to finish at the end of the pool, not 1-2 metres before the end, that goes for deep and shallow ends. Remember to move out of the way of the wall so that people behind you can finish and try not to obstruct the pace clocks.

6) PECKING ORDER - Sort out the pecking order out within your lane and take into account that this may not be the same order for drills that it is for a set.

7) ABILITY - Swim in a lane appropriate to your ability. Also be prepared to move around within the lane and also move up/down lanes. This will depend on numbers in the pool, how you are feeling that day or because the coach feels you would be better placed elsewhere.

As ever, if ever you have any questions regarding lane etiquette, please ask one of the coaches - we are always pleased to assist.

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