Swimming sports are a collection of individual or team events where people compete by propelling their bodies through water in various ways. One of the most popular categories of Olympic sports, swimming races are based on specific styles with unique techniques and training routines that include butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, and medley (combination of styles). While swimming is a general human activity done in a variety of pool types, competitive swimming is done in 50m long swimming pools comprised of multiple designated lanes for each swimmer to occupy. Swimming equipment is designed to minimize water friction and includes swimsuits, swimming caps, and goggles.

What muscles does swimming work?

Swimming is a sport that uses most of the muscles in the body, but the five most important muscles used in swimming are: the lats (middle back muscles), triceps, pecs (pectoral chest muscles), core muscles (abs), and the quads or quadriceps (front upper leg muscles).

How many laps is a mile of swimming?

To swim a mile, which is understood as 1650 yards for a swimmer, a swimmer must complete 33 laps in a 50 meter (164 foot) pool and 66 laps in a 25 meter (82 foot) pool. A lap for a swimmer refers to swimming a one-way length of the pool.

How long is an olympic swimming pool?

Olympic swimming pools have an overall length of 164 feet (50 m). Other pool competitions may be conducted on a ‘Short Course’ pool with a length of 82 feet (25 m)—half the size of the Olympic pool.

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68’11” | 21 m
82’ | 25 m
25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool
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25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool
82’ | 25 m
164’ | 50 m
50m Ten Lane Olympic Pool
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50m Ten Lane Olympic Pool
Community Swimming Pools
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Community Swimming Pools
6’5” | 1.96 m
October 13, 1982
Ian Thorpe
196.000
1982.00
4200
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Ian Thorpe
5’5” | 1.65 m
August 28, 1971
Janet Evans
165.000
1971.00
1500
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Janet Evans
6’0” | 1.83 m
March 17, 1997
Katie Ledecky
183.000
1997.00
17000
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Katie Ledecky
6’0” | 1.83 m
February 10, 1950
Mark Spitz
183.000
1950.00
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Mark Spitz
6’4” | 1.93 m
June 30, 1985
Michael Phelps
193.000
1985.00
110000
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Michael Phelps
1’10” | 56 cm
25” | 63.5 cm
Pool Ladders
56.000
63.500
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Pool Ladders
Pool Lane Floor & Wall Details
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Pool Lane Floor & Wall Details
6’2” | 1.88 m
August 3, 1984
Ryan Lochte
188.000
1984.00
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Ryan Lochte
15.75” | 40 cm
19.7” | 50 cm
19.7” | 50 cm
Swimming Starting Blocks
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Swimming Starting Blocks
Mark Spitz
Height comparison diagram of Mark Spitz compared to other swimmers

Mark Spitz is a former American competitive swimmer who once dominated the sports in the 70s. He set thirty-five trials and unofficial world records. Mark is a nine-time Olympic champion and the first to set the record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic competition and the third currently to be holding nine Olympic gold medals. Mark has been named three times as World Swimmer of the Year and possesses eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles, thirty-one Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles, and five Pan American gold medals. His swimming achievements have granted him admission into five Halls of Fame.

Mark Spitz has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings of Mark Spitz measured with overall height
Mark Spitz is a former American competitive swimmer who once dominated the sports in the 70s. He set thirty-five trials and unofficial world records. Mark is a nine-time Olympic champion and the first to set the record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic competition.

Mark Spitz has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings of Mark Spitz measured with overall height
Mark Spitz
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1965-1972

Birthday
February 10, 1950

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Mark Spitz standing, bending, diving

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Katie Ledecky
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Katie Ledecky with other related swimmers

Katie Ledecky is the only female American competitive swimmer who owns most medals and holds the record in 400, 800, and 1500-meter freestyles, 500, 1000, and 1650-yard freestyle events. As a freestyle swimmer, Katie possesses fifteen World Championship gold medals, five Olympic gold medals, and fourteen medals from Pan Pacific Championships. Because of these swimming successes, she has been recognized five times as the World's Female Swimmer of the Year, ones as Sportswoman of the Year, and three times as United States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year. Katie also holds most gold medals in the World Aquatic Championships.

Katie Ledecky has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Katie Ledecky in swimming positions measured with overall height
Katie Ledecky is the only female American competitive swimmer who owns most medals and holds the record in 400, 800, and 1500-meter freestyles, 500, 1000, and 1650-yard freestyle events. As a freestyle swimmer, Katie possesses fifteen World gold medals, five Olympic golds, and 14 Pan Pacifics.

Katie Ledecky has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Katie Ledecky in swimming positions measured with overall height
Katie Ledecky
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2012—

Birthday
March 17, 1997

Drawings include:
Katie Ledecky standing, side, swimming (top), swimming (side)

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25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool
Plan and section drawings of a regulation 25m 8-lane swimming pool with dimensions for overall length, width, and depth

The 25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool may also be called “Short Course” if used in an Olympic game or World Championship Games. They are also the common pools in domestic competitions like summer swimming leagues, high schools, universities, recreational centers, and even huge backyards. Timing touch pads are incorporated in these pools for a sanctioned meet in meters and allowing swimmers to touch and turn. The 25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool was once used in international competition but scrapped and replaced with the 50m ten lane Olympic swimming pool. An example of a 25m eight lane swimming pool is the London Aquatic Center.

The 25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool may also be called “Short Course” if used in an Olympic game or World Championship Games. They are also the common pools in domestic competitions like summer swimming leagues, high schools, universities, recreational centers, and even huge backyards.

25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool
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68’11” | 21 m
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82’ | 25 m
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Lane Width: 8’2” | 2.5 m
Depth (Start): 4’5” | 1.35 m (minimum)
Depth (End): 3’3” | 1 m (minimum)
Backstroke Line: 16.5’ | 5 m
False Start Line: 49’2.5” | 15 m

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24m Ten Lane Swimming Pool plan, section (long side), section (short side)

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Pool Lane Floor & Wall Details

A Pool Lane Floor is the base of a pool usually made of vinyl, showing different markings. Wall Details are markings on the walls of a pool. All the markings are done according to Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) acceptable standards for competitions. The floor has details showing where the depth begins, the false start line is, half line is, and the starting block. Wall detail shows touch panel and backstroke flags. These details guide how athletes should act while in the pool or competing and also help officials govern a swimming competition.

Dimensioned plan drawing of the various pool markings used as guides in a swimming lane
A Pool Lane Floor is the base of a pool usually made of vinyl, showing different markings. Wall Details are markings on the walls of a pool. All the markings are done according to Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) acceptable standards for competitions.

Dimensioned plan drawing of the various pool markings used as guides in a swimming lane
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Distance from Wall: 5’ | 1.5 m; or 6’5” | 2 m
End & Half Line Width: 3’ | 91 cm
Line Width: 12” | 30.5 cm
False Start Line Width: 1’8” | 50 cm

End Wall:
End Line Width: 1’8” | 50 cm
Touch Panel Width: 7’10” | 2.4 m
Touch Panel Height: 2’11” | 90 cm
Starting Block Height: 15.75” | 40 cm

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Pool Lane Details elevation (wall), plan (pool floor)

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Pool Ladders

Pool Ladders are explicitly designed to help swimmers access a pool and avoid jumping over an above-ground pool. They are convenient, provide safety, and preserve your pool walls. These ladders come in various sizes and shapes depending on how tall your pool is, your deck, and other physical structures around your pool. Your weight, durability, and who will use the pool ladder (adults or children) are the major factors to look for before acquiring a pool ladder. The pool ladders you may use for your pool or see in pools include A-Frame Ladders, Deck Ladders, and In-Pool Steps.

Plan and elevation drawings of a standard pool ladder with dimensions for height, width, and depths
Pool Ladders are explicitly designed to help swimmers access a pool and avoid jumping over an above-ground pool. They are convenient, provide safety, and preserve your pool walls. These ladders come in various sizes and shapes depending on how tall your pool is, your deck, and other structures.

Plan and elevation drawings of a standard pool ladder with dimensions for height, width, and depths
Pool Ladders
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1’10” | 56 cm
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25” | 63.5 cm
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Railing Height (Tall): 37.4” | 95 cm
Railing Height (Short): 29.5” | 75 cm
Length (Underwater): 52.4” | 133 cm
Standoff: 4.7” | 12 cm

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Pool Ladder side elevation, front, plan

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