Club and Pool Etiquette
Keeping a Flow to the Workout
- Select a lane that suits your speed, even if you can't complete the sets (take more rest).
- If your lane is crowded, a faster swimmer should move up a lane for the session.
- If you are consistently the fastest or slowest in your lane, consider moving up or down a lane.
- Swim in order of speed - e.g. fastest backstroker may be slowest in breast, or longer distance.
- Leave 5 or 10 seconds between swimmers to avoid crowding, allow for turns and track your time.
- If you want to pass the swimmer in front of you, touch his/her foot 10m before the turn.
- If the swimmer behind you touches your foot, let him/her pass at the next turn.
- Never crowd the wall of the adjacent lane - leave their space clear.
When turning, push off the return side of the lane to avoid on-coming swimmers.
- Swim in straight lines by following the line on the pool bottom, or the ceiling tiles.
- When at the wall, move over! Leave the end of the lane open for swimmers to turn or finish.
- If you skip a set to rest, sit out on the deck; don't hang onto the wall if that would obstruct other swimmers.
- If you join a lane after the workout has started, make your presence known. Unexpected newcomers can cause collisions.
- If you arrive late, tailor your warm-up so you don't impede swimmers doing the workout.
- If you are not following the workout, defer to swimmers who are.
Rules of the Pool
- Don't wear a bathing suit that is so old that it "clings" or is transparent - get a new one.
- Don't clear your nose or throat in the pool.
- Don't hang off or climb on the lane ropes - it can damage them.
- Don't hang off the diving board.
- Don't dive in the shallow end.
At the End of Practice
- Help out! Bring out or put away the lane ropes, kick boards, pull buoys and backstroke flags.
Volunteering and Contributions of Time
- Helping out is not simply something to implement at practice, the day to day operations of the club will benefit and flourish with every club members contribution.
- Please know that the Downtown Swim Club is a volunteer organization and members may be asked to volunteer time as part of their Club Membership.
Without a spirit of volunteerism the Downtown Swim Club would fail to exist.