The coach is there to help you understand the workout terminology, but the following list may help you make sense of the next swim workout:
There are 5 pieces of equipment swimmers may want to purchase:
Pool equipment and setup
Swimmers are responsible for the set-up and take-down of the equipment we use in the pool. It is not the lifeguard or coach’s responsibility to do this.
Setup might include:
Placing and removing lane ropes before and after a swim
There are spindles of lane ropes at the shallow end of the pool that must be unrolled and secured in the wall of the pool. There is a metal wrench that hangs on the pool wall to assist in the tightening of the lane rope.
Setup up backstroke flags
Metal poles must be inserted in the pool deck and backstroke flags hung from these poles at both ends of the pool. Harry Bailey stores the metal poles in the Equipment Room behind the lifeguard chair about half way down the pool.
The Club has a metal storage cage that is located in the storage area behind the door of the Equipment room. This cage contains the equipment our club owns. The cage contains our backstroke flags, kick boards, heart monitors and Instructional DVD’s for members to borrow. It is locked with a combination lock. The coaches and a few other regular swimmers have the combination to this lock.
The club has anywhere from 10 to 30 swimmers at workouts, with up to about 5 swimmers per lane. There must be some order to how people swim together. If you are not sure where you should swim or have not swum for a while start in the slower lane and talk with the coach to choose a lane compatible with your speed.
First, introduce yourself to the people in your lane. This is the social part of our club. People in your lane become your friends, can help you decipher the workout and encourage you along your fitness track.
Getting into the pool
When you enter the water, never dive, jump, or push off into oncoming swimmers. Wait until they have made the turn and pushed off the wall.
Our club uses a circle-swim approach to sharing lanes, with adjacent lanes alternating the direction of the swim. Typically, we swim up the lane rope (or wall) and down the middle, or common lane. This prevents nasty head-on collisions.
Ensuring a smooth workout for everyone
Make sure everyone understands the section of the workout before you start out. Each lane develops its own leaders, usually determined by the speed of the members. Each person has their own stroke strengths and weaknesses. It will take you a few sessions to figure out where everyone belongs in the cue. Don’t get discouraged, you will work it out.
If you arrive late at workout it is up to you to determine where your swim mates are in the workout and join in at that point. It is disruptive for someone to show up late and break the rhythm of the swim already in progress.
If you need to pass a swimmer, pass on the left. Preferably you should tap the foot of the person in front of you before passing. If you are being overtaken at the turn, stop, and wait until the other swimmer has pushed off.
If you need a break
If you need to stop, squeeze into the corner to the right of oncoming swimmers, so they will have sufficient room to turn.
At all times be aware of what is going on within your lane. Try not to kick or swing your arms into another lane.
Keep your toenails and fingernails trimmed.
In the pool
Swim Schedule 2018-2019
|Monday||8:00 - 9:00 pm||HB|
|Tuesday||6:00 - 7:15 am||SH|
|Thursday||6:00 - 7:15 am||SH|
|Thursday||7:30 - 8:30 pm||SH|
|Saturday||9:30 - 10:45 am||SH|