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
2100.000
2500.000
5
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25m Eight Lane Swimming Pool
82’ | 25 m
164’ | 50 m
50m Ten Lane Olympic Pool
25000.000
5000.000
10
3D
50m Ten Lane Olympic Pool
Community Swimming Pools
40
3D
Community Swimming Pools
6’5” | 1.96 m
October 13, 1982
Ian Thorpe
196.000
1982.00
4200
3D
Ian Thorpe
5’5” | 1.65 m
August 28, 1971
Janet Evans
165.000
1971.00
1500
3D
Janet Evans
6’0” | 1.83 m
March 17, 1997
Katie Ledecky
183.000
1997.00
17000
3D
Katie Ledecky
6’0” | 1.83 m
February 10, 1950
Mark Spitz
183.000
1950.00
29000
3D
Mark Spitz
6’4” | 1.93 m
June 30, 1985
Michael Phelps
193.000
1985.00
110000
3D
Michael Phelps
1’10” | 56 cm
25” | 63.5 cm
Pool Ladders
56.000
63.500
4800
3D
Pool Ladders
Pool Lane Floor & Wall Details
0
3D
Pool Lane Floor & Wall Details
6’2” | 1.88 m
August 3, 1984
Ryan Lochte
188.000
1984.00
42000
3D
Ryan Lochte
15.75” | 40 cm
19.7” | 50 cm
19.7” | 50 cm
Swimming Starting Blocks
40.000
50.000
50.000
200
3D
Swimming Starting Blocks
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 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 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
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Width:
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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
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1’10” | 56 cm
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Depth:
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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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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6’0” | 1.83 m
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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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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
Pool Lane Floor & Wall Details
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Floor:
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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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
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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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