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General Guidelines

As lane rules may vary from facility to facility, always follow the instructions of facility staff.

Be aware of other swimmers and your surroundings.

If there is an issue with another swimmer, do not confront them or purposefully make physical contact. Ask the lifeguard for assistance.

Everyone wants to enjoy their swim. Respect others. Swim in a safe manner.

Lane Speed

Choose a lane that is suitable for your speed. There are typically slow, medium, and fast lanes available.

If you are continually passing others or being passed, please move to a different lane.

If you are moving to a different lane, please do so at the end of the pool.

Remember that lane speed is relative. You may be in the fast lane one day and the medium lane the next.


Swim on the right side of the lane unless otherwise instructed by facility staff or signage

Turn left at the end of the lane so you are swimming in a counter-clockwise pattern.

Keep the black tile line, in the middle of the lane, clear for passing. There may be exceptions; check the signs at the facility or ask the lifeguard.

Starting, Turning, Stopping

Be aware of other swimmers, especially when starting or turning.

Do not turn into oncoming swimmers or push off in front of faster swimmers. When starting, faster swimmers should allow slower swimmers as much time as possible to get ahead.

Stop (or rest) only at the end of the lane. Once stopped, move into a corner of the lane so other swimmers have room to turn.


Pass slower swimmers on the left and in the middle of the lane.

Pass only when safe to do so.  Watch for oncoming swimmers.

When you are about to pass somebody, do not tap them on the foot.

If being passed, allow the other swimmer to do so. Keep a constant pace or slow down.

When moving back in to a lane after passing, pull far enough ahead to allow adequate space between you and the person you are passing.

If being passed at an end wall, pause in the corner of the lane until the faster swimmer has completed their turn and it is safe to continue.

Use of Equipment

Be careful when using equipment (flutter boards, hand paddles, swim fins, etc.).

Do not use another person’s equipment.  Collect your own.

When finished swimming, please return equipment to its storage area.

Water Jogging and Other Exercises

Water jogging and other water exercises are permitted in the slow lane.

Please follow the lane swim pattern.

Be aware of other swimmers and move over if needed.

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