Lap Swim 

Lap Swim

Get in shape in our heated pool! Lap Swim times are for adults and teens ages 14+ interested in working out on their own.  Lanes may be assigned speeds and space sharing is required.  Those not participating in the program must remain in the spectator area on the grass.  See the current schedule for lap swim times.

Lap Swim
Photo by Marin Stuart
  • One length of the pool (or lap) is 25 yards. One mile is approximately 72 laps.
  • Swim caps are not required but are encouraged for swimmers with long hair.
  • Pull buoys and kick boards are available for use during designated Lap Swim times.
  • Additional equipment such as snorkels and fins are allowed during designated Lap Swim only.
  • No equipment is permitted when lap lanes are available during Recreation Swim or Friday Family Fun Night.
  • There is a slow, medium, and fast section of the pool.  If you don't know your speed, please ask the staff for assistance.
Additional Lap Swim Rules:
  • Swimmers ages 10-13, will be admitted at the approval of the Senior Lifeguard/Pool Manager on duty. 
  • Recreation swimming and/or playing in the water will not be permitted during lap swim hours. 
  • A parent or responsible adult who is at least 18 years of age or older must supervise children ages 10-13 in the water, by swimming next to them in the same lane during the lap swim. 
  • Adult fees apply to all swimmers during Lap Swim times. 
  • Any patron complaints or staff concerns will result in younger swimmers being asked to exit the pool.
  • Children ages 9 years and  younger will not be permitted to swim during lap swim times.

LAP SWIM Etiquette and circle swimming

To avoid conflict and make everyone's swimming experience more enjoyable, please adhere to the following Lap Swim etiquette.

Lane Designations:
  • When the pool is busy, lap swim lanes will be shared.
  • Make note of lanes that contain fast, medium and slow swimmers.
  • Lifeguards monitor the lanes and may alter the configuration at any time.
  • Select a lane compatible with your preferred swimming speed.
  • Lifeguards may assist you with selecting the appropriate lane or ask you to move if your speed is not similar to those in your lane.
  • Water walking lanes may be shared with tentative swimmers uncomfortable in deep water.
Entering the Water:
  • Enter the water by sliding or jumping feet first from the pool edge or by using the ladders or steps.
  • It is the responsibility of the swimmer entering the water to make sure the lane is clear of any other swimmers before entering the pool.
  • If there are swimmers approaching the wall as you are preparing to enter, wait until they have turned and started the next lap before entering the water so as not to interrupt their progress.
  • Slower swimmers must yield to faster swimmers.
  • Be aware of your space in the lane and orientation of others.  If you are approaching the wall and another lap swimmer is gaining on you and swimming at a faster rate than you are, pauses at the wall to allow the faster swimmer(s) to pass you.
  • Be courteous of drafting.  Provide adequate distance between you and the swimmer ahead of you.
Circle Swimming:
  • Swimmers are required to follow the circle swim pattern.  The customary traffic pattern is to stay to the right, that is to swim in a counterclockwise circle in the lane, similar to the way cars drive on the road.
  • It is the responsibility of the swimmer entering the lane to be sure that all the other swimmers in that lane are aware of his/her presence and the necessary traffic pattern, before the newest swimmer begins swimming.
  • Always swim complete laps of the pool.  Avoid stopping in the middle of the lane, this can interfere with the progress of other swimmers and cause collisions.
  • Stop only at the wall and once stopped, stay in the corner of the lane, preferably in the right hand corner (from the perspective of the approach to the wall).  Other lap swimmers need space to turn, always leave the middle 1/3 of the wall clear for turning purposes.
  • Pass on the left hand side.  If you are the slower swimmer and being overtaken at the turn, stop, and wait until the other swimmer has pushed off the wall. 
  • A pass must be initiated in time to take over the slower swimmer before the wall.
  • When using kick boards, please be aware of other swimmers in your lane and their needs to pass.