Swim Lessons, Water Fitness, & Team
COVID Response for Facility Use: Our facility will be cleaned between groups. Our staff will be in masks or face shields. We encourage you to follow CDC guidelines that reflect your comfort level. We are an inclusive facility and respect your individual choices.
The CDC has indicated that there is no evidence the disease spreads through treated water. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water instantaneously.
Our Members receive 15% off on Camp and Lessons, $100 off Water Fitness (GetFitIA21), and are able to join our Swim Team. Please purchase your membership FIRST. Then head to your preferred activities and use IAMEM21 at check out for all other programs to take full advantage of your membership!
Lap Swim Etiquette
A pool full of lap swimmers going at a steady pace is a beautiful thing, but it can be intimidating if you're interested in jumping in and swimming. An empty lane is an easy choice. But that's not always the option, and if enough swimmers show up, you will need to share your lane. Here are some common lap swim rules that are good to know for the next time you head to the pool for a workout.
- Joining a lane: A single lane can accommodate several swimmers (watch a swim team practice sometime). Take a minute to observe each of the lanes and get a sense of which one you match up with best. Some pools designate slow lanes and fast lanes, but seeing the swimmers that are already going is an even better gauge. When you are ready to pick a lane and start swimming, make sure everyone in that lane is aware that you're going to join them. Sit by the edge of the pool and wait for them to finish a set, or ease in and stand in the corner of the lane until they acknowledge you're joining them, or wave a kickboard/foot/hand underwater at the edge of the pool to get their attention. You may need to wait for a few minutes to start if swimmers are in the middle of a set. Have a quick discussion about how you're going to swim together—either by splitting the lane (if there are just two of you) or by swimming in circles (if there are two or more).
- Splitting the Lane: One of you swims on one side of the lane and one of you swims on the other. If you're splitting the lane, you stay in your half no matter what.
- Circle Swim: Much like traffic on a road, always swim on the right side of the lane. This means swimming on one side of the lane going down and the other side of the lane coming back. Swimmers move in a counterclockwise circle, hence the name.