I don't want to be a lap swimming jerk
February 20, 2012 4:16 AM Subscribe
I'm keen to add lap swimming to my fitness routine, but I haven't done it before and don't know the etiquette. Help me not commit any lap swimming faux pas.
posted by gwenlister to sports, hobbies, & recreation (27 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a strong swimmer and got my bronze cross back when I was a teenager, so I'm not concerned about drowning or anything. I plan on maybe attending some of their drop in adult lessons to clean up my strokes once I get in to the swing of things. I have a proper athletic bathing suit, a swim cap, and goggles, so I am fine for equipment too.
I just don't know what the protocol is. Do I need to wet myself down in the shower before I get in to the pool? (I see people doing this.) Do I wear flip flops in to the pool area? Do I bring a towel in to the pool area? Where do I put my towel while i am swimming? How do I politely "share a lane" with another swimmer? Is there anything else I should know about?