Tag Archives: USA Swimming

Backstroke Flags

The sport of swimming continues to grow and with that we are seeing an increasing amount of television coverage. From the Olympic Games to the NCAA Championships, swimming fans can now tune to their local sports station and watch the meet. With that in mind, it is particularly important that we, as pool designers, continue […]

False Start Ropes

A false start/recall rope is a rope that stretches across the width of competitive racing pools. It stops swimmers who were unaware of a false start. They’re specifically designed to get the attention of swimmers to prevent them from exerting unnecessary energy in the case of a false start. Typically, the rope is made of […]

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 […]

Yards vs. Meters

Frequently during aquatic programming sessions the question is asked, “Should our competition pool be designed for yards or meters? Which is more appropriate?” Competitive swimming has two seasons: short course and long course. In the United States, short course largely takes place over a 25 yard pool distance. Internationally, this distance is 25 meters (82 […]

You want more competitive swimmers? Make swim meets shorter!!

“If I had only one day left to live I would spend it at a swim meet because they last forever.” I’ve seen this on swimmers’ t-shirts at swim meets across the country, and I couldn’t agree more. I was recently visiting with USA Swimming in Colorado Springs when we began discussing how to get […]