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Top tips for lap swim etiquette

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 3:02 PM by Anastasia Ehlers

Spend the summer like an Olympian at Amazon Pool, the only 50 meter outdoor pool in Eugene! Amazon Pool opens for long course lap swimming on May 23 and has a lane for you no matter your skill level. 

Swimming is one of the best full-body workouts you can do. It is both a cardio and strength training exercise and minimally impacts your joints thanks to the water offering both resistance and buoyant support.Amazon Pool lap swim post

50 meter long course swimming is also known as Olympic distance. It's what you'll be watching this summer when athletes compete in Brazil. Preferring long course is a matter of personal choice. With fewer turns, it can be more meditative and challenging alike. If you are used to swimming short course, expect that your times may be a little slower across the same distance. 

If you’re interested in developing a lap swimming routine, you should be aware of some general pool etiquette. Rob Guthrie, Amazon Pool manager, has three tips:

  1. Firstly, start in a lane that suits your ability – look for other swimmers moving at about your speed and pay attention to posted signs. 
  2. If you join an occupied lane, make sure the other swimmer(s) know you’re there before diving in. 
  3. Practice circle swimming – like driving a car on the road, make sure to swim on the right side of the lane so you don’t collide with other people. This is necessary when there are three or more people sharing a lane.

We can't wait to see you on deck! Stop by at one of the following times and don't forget to pick up your Amazon Pool Lap Swim Pass granting unlimited lap swims all the way through the end of the season in October. 

Amazon Pre-Season Lap Swim Hours:
Monday - Friday 5:30 - 8:30 AM
Every day 11 AM - 2 PM
Monday - Friday 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Closures/Modified Schedules:
May 30: Holiday schedule, lap swim 11 AM - 2 PM
June 3-4: Evening lap swim will be short course
June 5: Closed for staff training
June 10-12: Closed after 2PM on June 10 for swim meet
June 16: Lunch lap swim will be short course
June 17: Free Summer Kick Off event, short course lap swim will be available from 3 - 7 PM.

More detailed rates, information and a virtual tour are available on the Amazon Pool website.

P.S. Short course lap swimming, splashy family fun, swimming lessons and water fitness classes start June 18. Don't miss our FREE rec swim on June 17 from 3 -7 PM when we join forces with the Sunday Jams DJs of EUGfun fame! 


William Blake
May 25, 2016 at 3:03 AM
Thanks for sharing great tips for lap swim etiquette

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