Pace Clock: Learn to read the pace clock. Know your time and the interval. Stay on the interval and help others stay on the interval.
Lane Leader: The first swimmer in the lane must understand the set and all the intervals, be able to see and read the pace clock, and have a good sense of pace.
Beginning a set: Push off on the far right side of the lane, into the swimming lane. Do not leave early or late. The other swimmers should move to the right side of the lane as their turn to push off approaches and as the people ahead leave.
Turns: As you approach the wall, swimmers should make their turns at the left corner of the lane. As soon as the swimmer ahead of you finishes his turn and goes by, you should swim towards the center of the lane, make your turn to the left of the cross on the wall, and push off on what is now the right hand side of the lane. This allows swimmers to push off straight and keeps them out of the line of fire of the incoming swimmers.
Injured or…: If you are unable to do a set, do a drill or stroke that is about the same speed.
At the end of a set: Finish swims to the wall and move to the left to allow others to finish to the wall. The slowest person in the lane should be able to make the interval with some rest.
Resting on the wall between sets: Rest on the wall in the right (incoming) corner of the lane. This will allow the other swimmers to continue to make their turns in the left corner without interference.
Getting passed: Be aware of where others are. Anticipate when they will catch you and pull over. If you are about to get passed stop at the next wall and let others pass you. It is best to wait in the right corner (or the incoming corner) so that swimmers can push off on the left corner (outgoing).
Toys: Don’t borrow your lane mate’s fins/kickboard/pull buoy without asking.
Know that when you use gear it changes your speed and often changes the size of your body (fins=longer, paddles=wider). Your lane mates are affected by this. Please change lanes to fit the appropriate speed.
Hygiene: Brush your teeth, or rinse with mouthwash before practice. Don’t breath on people when resting at the wall.
Otter go now: Tell your lane mates you are leaving. Clean up your swim area. Put away your kick board, fins, and water bottle.