The City’s goal is always to make the Plunge as safe as possible and provide a welcoming environment for the hundreds of patrons we serve each day. To ensure that all swimmers enjoy their time in the Plunge, we ask that you adhere to the following lap swim etiquette:
Entering the Water
Always use a feet-first entry into shallow water. If the lane is crowded, always ease in, using a feet-first entry. You may dive into the pool from the deep end, but only if the pool is completely clear in front of you.
Just like driving a car, you swim on the right side of the lane in a counter-clockwise pattern, keeping the middle of the lane open.
The best place to pass someone is at the wall. Please do not touch anyone at any time when signaling them that you are passing. If you pass in the middle of the pool, it should be between the backstroke flags, and you should pass in the middle of the lane as long as there are no on-coming swimmers and it is safe to do so.
If you are the swimmer being passed, please stop at the wall to let them pass. It is best to stop and go to the right corner of the lane, then they can pass you on the left. If they are passing you in the middle of the pool, just swim as close as you can to the lane line and slow down a bit to allow them room and time to pass.
Number of People in a Lane
Several people can fit in a lane if proper etiquette is observed and swimmers of similar speed are together with 3 maximum swimmers permitted per short course lane and 6 swimmers maximum per long course lane.
A good way to find the lane that best suits your swimming abilities, is to observe those who are swimming. If you are the first one in the lane, just abide by circle swimming so others may join you. If you unsure about which lane to use, request assistance from the lifeguard. Swimming in the same lane with swimmers at your same pace could help you swim better and have a more effective workout.
If you are resting on the wall, stay to the right side of the lane to stay away from oncoming swimmers. Stopping in the middle of the pool should be avoided. If the lane is crowded and one person stops, all will have to stop. Be aware of other swimmers around you at all times.
The Diplomacy of Shared Space
If someone makes a suggestion concerning any of the mentioned etiquette topics, try to make adjustments in the spirit of cooperation. If you make a suggestion to another swimmer, try to do it as diplomatically as possible. Please be courteous and responsive if you are asked to move lanes by the lifeguard(s). The lifeguard(s) on duty will have the final determination in arrangement of lanes.