Lap Pool Defined
I'm always amazed how much confusion there is about what is and what is not a lap pool. Time and time again, we'll ask a hote, is there a lap pool? And we will hear, YES! And it's Olympic sized! Then upon arrival, there is a small rectangle that may or may not have any lanes!
Here are some criteria to help those uninformed land-loving souls identify true lap pools:
A. If the pool is any shape other than a rectangle -- this includes kidney, round, S-shaped, heart shaped, etc., it is NOT a lap pool.
B. If the pool is NOT at least 20 yards in length (preferably 25 yards), it is NOT a lap pool.
C. If the pool does not have features that help swimmers get from end to end in a straight line (e.g., bottom stripes or floating lane lines), it is not a lap pool.
D. If there are no men swimming in tight and tiny Speedos (or TYRs - we want to be brand neutral), it's probably not a lapper.
E. If the pool water is kept at such a warm temperature that there is more floating than swimming, I'd venture that it is NOT a lap pool.
F. Finally, if a waterslide empties into one end of your pool, preventing flip-turns on that side, it is NOT a lapper.
Let's review. To be considered a lap pool, it must be:
- at least 20 yards in length
- rectangular in shape
- kept at or near 80F degrees,
- and have bottom stripes or floating lane lines stretching from end to end.
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