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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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
Height:
Width:
68’11” | 21 m
Length:
82’ | 25 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

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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50m Ten Lane Olympic Swimming Pool

The 50m Ten Lane Olympic Swimming Pool may also be called “Long Course,” spotting movable bulkheads that can divide the pool into sections or be moved from one position to another, creating varying course lengths for competitors/competitions. These swimming pools replaced the 25m eight lane swimming pool in Olympic and World Championship Games, with impressive results as their large size and more lanes assisted swimmers in absorbing waves and reducing resistance. Besides, their increased depth reduced hydrodynamic drag for swimmers. The Aberdeen Aquatic Center is an example of a 50m ten lane Olympic swimming pool.

Set of section and plan drawings of a 50m 10-Lane Olympic Swimming Pool with measurements for lengths, widths, and depths
The 50m Ten Lane Olympic Swimming Pool may also be called “Long Course,” spotting movable bulkheads that can divide the pool into sections or be moved from one position to another, creating varying course lengths for competitors/competitions. These swimming pools replaced the 25m eight lane pools.

Set of section and plan drawings of a 50m 10-Lane Olympic Swimming Pool with measurements for lengths, widths, and depths
50m Ten Lane Olympic Swimming Pool
Height:
Width:
82’ | 25 m
Length:
164’ | 50 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Lane Width: 8’2” | 2.5 m
Depth: 6’7” | 2 m (minimum depth)
Backstroke Line: 16.5’ | 5 m
False Start Line: 49’2.5” | 15 m

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50m Ten Lane Competitive Olympic Swimming Pool plan, section (long side), section (short side)

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Ian Thorpe
Height comparison diagram of Ian Thorpe compared to other swimmers

Ian Thorpe started winning swimming awards, like the Young Australian of the Year award in his rookie years. He competed in individual medley and backstroke but was more famous in freestyle. He has a collection of seven gold medals and two silver medals. Ian is a four-time Swimming World Swimmer of the Year and a five-time Australian Swimmer of the Year. He was nicknamed "Therpedo" and was a dominant figure in world 400m freestyle in the Commonwealth, Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, and Olympics. Other accolades and honors under his belt include handprints at the Sydney Aquatic Center, a fitness center named after him, and human rights medal awards.

Ian Thorpe has a height of 6’5” (1.96 m).

Collection of drawings of Ian Thorpe measured with overall height
Ian Thorpe started winning swimming awards, like the Young Australian of the Year award in his rookie years. He competed in individual medley and backstroke but was more famous in freestyle. He has a collection of seven gold medals and two silver medals. Ian is a 4-time World Swimmer of the Year.

Ian Thorpe has a height of 6’5” (1.96 m).

Collection of drawings of Ian Thorpe measured with overall height
Ian Thorpe
Height:
6’5” | 1.96 m
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Nationality: Australia

Years Active: 1997-2012

Birthday
October 13, 1982

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Ian Thorpe standing, walking, swimming

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Community Swimming Pools

A Community Swimming Pool is mostly for leisure and recreation. They may be heated or unheated, set indoor or outdoor with different sections for adults, children, and toddlers/infants. Community swimming pools may have hot tubs or jacuzzi and can be found in hotels, resorts, and recreational areas. Community swimming pools can be any size and shape, have fountains, bridges, waterfalls, stairs, island bars, and diving boards. The water is chlorinated for safety and health purposes. Besides, some of these pools may have floaters to minimize accidents. Rosedale Pool in Washington DC is one such pool considered a community pool.

Plan drawings with dimensions of a variety of sizes for community swimming pools with multiple lane types
A Community Swimming Pool is mostly for leisure and recreation. They may be heated or unheated, set indoor or outdoor with different sections for adults, children, and toddlers/infants. Community swimming pools may have hot tubs or jacuzzi and can be found in hotels, resorts, and recreational areas.

Plan drawings with dimensions of a variety of sizes for community swimming pools with multiple lane types
Community Swimming Pools
Height:
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:

Small:
Lanes: 4
Length: 65’7” | 20 m
Width: 27’11” | 8.5 m

Medium:
Lanes: 4
Length: 82’ | 25 m
Width: 27’11” | 8.5 m

Large:

Lanes: 5
Length: 82’ | 25 m
Width: 34’5” | 10.5 m

X-Large:
Lanes: 6
Length: 82’ | 25 m
Width: 42’8” | 13 m

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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
Height:
Width:
1’10” | 56 cm
Length:
Depth:
25” | 63.5 cm
Weight:
Area:

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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