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Course Layout

The number “9” lanes are difficult to go with in a 75 foot wide pool. Even numbers are nice, but the number “9” could make sense for competitions. “Tri-meets” and “double dual meets” where three teams compete together are very common in NCAA and high school swimming because you get two meets with the travel expense of one.  Generally, a pool 75’ wide is divided into eight or ten lanes.

For a 50-meter pool with diving at one end (one or two bulkheads), the bulkhead park position(s) should discuss with the owner.  If the bulkheads are parked at the diving end of the 50-meter course setup, a lot of clutter will be eliminated by getting the starting blocks out in front of diving platforms and rails.   A negative with this approach is that when the pool is set up for long course (possibly for months at a time) diving boards cannot be utilized.  This was a big issue at University of North Carolina when they wanted to run diving camps while in the 50-meter setup.  If the bulkhead(s) are at the opposite end, there isn’t a problem.  In other words, there is only one bulkhead position that allows 50 meter swimming and diving.  These issues should be considered/discussed based upon how the pool will be used.

For pools with cross course lanes, avoid placing the floating safety rope cup anchor on the turning surface.  If possible, arrange the lanes such that the safety rope shares a lane rope cup anchor.  Otherwise install the safety rope cup anchor at the back of the gutter (fully recessed, parapet, and rollout gutters) or consider using a retractable anchor (deck level gutter).

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