Just read this and thought it had some good tips, especially for folks who are just jumping in the pool! I'm sure others will have some additional tips/advice.
On a related note, I just have to share:
Last week I was swimming with one other swimmer and we had been splitting the lane. A third swimmer jumped in without telling anyone and started swimming behind me. I found out when I pushed off the wall and rammed straight into him at full speed. This is an example of how NOT to join a lane of swimmers. :-/
Great post! Some seem like common sense but I have seen all of these mistakes made and it can be both frustrating and dangerous.
I'd like to add the following to the list.
- when sharing a lane, be conscientious when doing wide strokes like butterfly or breaststroke. You don't want to decapitate or kick your lane mate. Do one arm fly or shorten your kick for a stroke or two when passing, then resume your normal stroke/kick.
- be kind to those in the adjacent lanes. If an elderly woman is walking up and down her lane and clearly does not want to wet her hair, go easy on your flip turns so you don't splash her too much. Splashing is inevitable, but don't send a tidal wave her way.
- if the pool is crowded and swimmers are standing on deck waiting for a lane and you are nearly finished, go ahead and tell them how much longer you'll be. (e.g. 5 minutes, 2x100s and cool-down remaining, etc.). The waiting swimmers can then decide whether to wait it out or come back later.