How Far is a Swimming Lap?

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How Far is a Swimming Lap?

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Have you ever wondered how far you are swimming during your workout? There are a few different ways to determine the distance from one end of the pool to another, which will give you the length of the pool. Multiply the length by two and you will have the distance of each lap in the pool. Most pools that you are likely to swim laps in are going to be either 25 yards (75 feet) or 25 meters (just over 82 feet). Here are some common ways of measuring a pool: • Ask the lifeguard. The easiest way to determine the size of a swimming pool is just to ask somebody at the pool who knows. • Check the pool for markings. Most pools will mark the pool at regular intervals along the edges. Just be careful not to confuse distance markers with depth markers. • Mark a rope. You could use floating lane dividers for this purpose if you are not worried about being precise, but if you mark a rope at regular intervals and then attach the ends of the rope to the edges of the pool, you can easily determine the