stop a swimmer in the middle of a set unless asked by the coach to do so.
grab onto a swimmer, especially while he is swimming or turning.

Swim in the lane assigned to you by your coach. If no lane is assigned, swim in the empty lane of your choice. If all lanes are taken, whenever possible swim with others of equal or near equal skill and speed.

When entering a lane already occupied, make sure every swimmer in the lane notices that you have joined the lane.



On those rare occasions when there is only one other swimmer in the lane, split the lane (each taking one side of the lane) and swimming straight.  Notify the swimmer already in the lane, that you will be splitting the lane, either by telling him or carefully swimming down one side, making sure the other swimmer notices.


Always push off the wall streamlined.

Do not walk out or push off the bottom.

Always swim all the way to the wall at the finish.

All dives must be executed from the deep end of the pool. Enter feet first in the shallow end.


If there are two or more swimmers (in addition to you) to a lane it will be necessary to circle swim, if you are to join the lane.

When circle swimming, swim counter-clockwise (stay to the right) unless otherwise agreed upon or instructed.  Swim straight down the right side of the lane.  When you get within five yards of the wall, angle into the far (left) corner of the lane to turn, staying alert for swimmers who may be pushing off of the wall, then push off straight (with a good streamline) and return swimming down the other side (again, stay to the right) of the lane.

Unless unavoidable for safety reasons, do not push off the wall at an angle.

When stopped, stay in the "non-turning" side of the lane in order to stay out of the way.  Allow for others to finish or turn.

Leave room between you and other swimmers when pushing off of the wall.  Leave exactly on the prescribed interval. If no send-offs are given with the instructions for the set, leave 5 seconds after the person ahead of you.

When passing, gently touch the foot or nudge the leg of the person-you-are-passing in order to let him know you are coming around.  Pass in the middle (the inside) of the lane (unless coming into a turn).

Do not pass within 5 yards of the wall when going into a turn unless you are certain you can do so safely.

When passing, if you are in front of the swimmer-you-are-passing's hips as you approach the wall, pass while angling into the turn, cutting sharply to the left side of the lane, and turn into the far left corner of the wall. Push off the wall straight, streamline and swim tight next to the lane line. Make sure you let the swimmer you are passing know where you are and that you are passing left by gently making contact.

If you are to the rear of the swimmer-you-are-passing's hips as you approach the wall angle into the turn, but stay to the right side of the swimmer whom you are passing and take the middle of the wall. Push off straight & streamline. Then swim from the middle to the right side of the lane, depending upon whether you are in front of the swimmer-you-are-passing. Make sure, with a slight nudge, that you let the swimmer-you-are-passing know where you are, that you are passing right, and that he must turn on the far left side of the lane. Make sure you know where any swimmers coming up behind you are.

It is your responsibility to stay aware of where all others swimmers are in the lane at all times.  Always stay vigilant as others in the lane may not be aware of your whereabouts.

When getting passed, keep swimming, but make sure you swim close to the lane line, allowing the faster swimmer room to pass.  Maintain your pace.  Don't speed up or slow down.  Do not stop in the middle of the pool.

The swimmer swimming faster always has the right-of-way.

Be courteous.  It is extremely rare when anyone purposely kicks or hits another swimmer.  There occasionally may be incidental contact. Forgiveness and patience are virtues.

Bell  9/2/00