Tag Archives: FINA

Starting Blocks and Water Depth: Is Your Pool Safe?

When it comes to the world of competitive swimming, there are stringent guidelines that everyone involved in the pool design process must take into consideration. This is especially true for water depths beneath starting blocks. Starting blocks are raised platforms typically mounted on the pool deck at the end of competitive swimming lanes. In most […]

Starting Blocks

Having appropriately designed starting blocks is a critical aspect of a great competitive facility. There are a few key points that need to be considered when incorporating starting blocks into a design of a competitive swimming facility. These points include: water depth, block height, and block features. Water Depth To get started, it is always […]

Current at the 2013 FINA World Championship Aquatic Center

We recently heard rumors originating from the pool deck of the 2013 FINA World Swimming Championships regarding a possible ‘current’ in the competition pool while competition was taking place. The current was rumored to be such that lanes 7 and 8 were at a disadvantage when swimming away from the finishing end of the pool […]

Yards vs. Meters vs. Meters

Every wonder why competitive swimming has three (3) different courses of play; short course yards, short course meters, and long course meters.  And why are there two different “mile” races, 1650-yards and 1500-meters? And for the record, a mile is closer to 1600-meters or 1750-yards.  America is the only country on the planet using the […]

Swimming Pool Design and Flexibility of Utilization

The following presentation was presented at the FINA World Aquatics Convention held in Moscow Russia on October 31, 2012 What is the definition of Success for a Swimming Pool?  It may depend on who you ask. For the Athlete it may be to create an environment that allows them to do their lifetime best.  This may […]