Pool Etiquette - Don't be that Person!

The Black Line

It’s easy enough to lose concentration swimming. Singing “Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, what do we do we swim, swim!”. Did I get that stuck in your head? Good. Ha! Or thinking about what to eat as soon as we get out of the pool. Hot chips and chocolate milk anyone?

Often the only thing staring back at us for the swim session is the black line and occasional band-aid (EW). I am unsure of what the rules are in every other country (similiar to backwards toilets), but us Aussies swim with the black line to the right of us. Please don’t swim directly over the black line as you are likely to wack someone swimming the other direction, and cop some abuse. You have been warned.

Correct Lanes

Older lady: Oh hello dear your fast, do you mind if I can swim with you? The other lanes are full.

Me: Can you keep up?

Older lady: I was going to do breastroke.


I don’t mean to be rude, but this is a big No No. I do not want to spend the next hour of swimming overtaking you every 3rd lap, dodging your feet. Slow lane is for slow swimmers, medium lanes is for medium paces swimmers, and fast lane is for super fish! It’s pretty easy.

Foot Fetish

This is most common in your swim squad. Normally people do not leave enough space between swimmers, and want to get the draft straight away, so they keep tapping your feet for the entire effort. Um excuse me, do you want to lead? No? Well than back off buddy or I will kick you in the face. You have been warned.

Overtaking and getting Overtaken

If you are approaching a swimmer that is a lot slower than you, give them some warning on what you are about to do. I normally tap their feet to indicate I am there, then if all clear and no other swimmers are coming the other way I move across and overtake. If I am approaching the end of the lane, I will tap their feet, and hopefully they will stop and let me pass at the end. Note if you are approaching the end and know someone is directly behind you, swim to the far right side of the lane so they can pass you once they get to the wall.  


The equipment you see at the end of the lane usually belongs to someone so please dont steal and try a piece of equipment. Ask the pool/lifeguard if they have any spare, or bring your own. Be sure to label them and dont leave you equipment bag behind in the changerooms. It can be an expensive swim.

You’re tired?

Yes swimming is hard work. But if you are going to fix your cap/goggles/catch you breath etc do so at the end of the lane in the corner so that your pool friends can turn and swim unobstructed.

Don’t push off the wall in front of a faster person

It is so frustrating. You are getting a good pace, coming into the wall hard, and as you flip the person next to you decides to go. Don’t be THAT person.

Amy is the Owner and Head Coach of TriChicks and has over 10 years coaching experience.  Amy created TriChicks to help lower the barrier to get women into the sport. 

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