# What is the difference between a length and a lap in a pool?

Nothing really, to swim the length of the pool is to do one lap. To swim 2 lengths is to swim two laps, so on and so forth.

### When swimming in a pool what is the difference between swimming a length vs a lap?

Some people feel that a lap and a length are the same thing. They will use the terms interchangeably. Competitive swimmers do not often talk about lengths, but when they do they usually mean one complete length of the pool. As such, a lap generally refers to two lengths. For example in a 25 yard pool, a mile is ~35 laps, or ~70 lengths. Webster's II New College Dictionary uses the following definition for lap…

### How many laps make a yard?

A lap is not a standard unit of length and so the question cannot be answered. For example, a lap ina swimming pool will be quite different to one on a track field. A lap is not a standard unit of length and so the question cannot be answered. For example, a lap ina swimming pool will be quite different to one on a track field. A lap is not a standard unit of length…

### What is the definition of a swimming lap?

One length is one lap. Webster's II New College Dictionary gives this definition in regard to swimming pools: "2.b. One complete length of a straight course, as in a swimming pool." I think the confusion comes from a swimmer being "lapped", which is a different term and has a different definition. As a competitive swimmer in summer, high school, and college, we counted 1 length as 1 lap no matter how long the pool, and…

### What is the standard swimming pool length for lap swimming?

Length of a Lap Pool A common lap of a pool is 50 meters internationally. Swimming competitions are generally held in 50m pools. Many colleges or well equipped facilities have pools that are 50 meters. A lap can be either 25 meters or 50 meters. In the Olympics and major National events they swim 'long course' events which means the pool is 50 meters in length. However, there are still short course swim meets like…

### How many laps in a pool is 500 meters?

It takes 10 laps in an 50m Olympic size swimming pool and 20 laps in a 25m long swimming pool. A lap = a length. It's confusing because on a track, a lap is an oval path around the track back to the starting point. A pool is a straight line vs an oval on a track so when you travel it's entire length, you've gone a lap.

### How long is a swimmer's 500M race?

20 lengths of a 25 meter pool, or 10 lengths of a 50 meter pool. Some people refer to a lap as one pool length, while others refer to a lap as down and back (2 lengths). I haven't found which one is the correct terminology, but the term length has only one meaning (for the particular pool that you are using).

### What is a lap in a pool?

One length of the pool is one lap. Webster's II, New College Dictionary gives this definition in regard to pools: "2.b. One complete length of a straight course, as of a swimming pool." I think the confusion comes from a swimmer being "lapped", which is a different term with a different definition. As a competitive swimmer in summer, high school, and college, we counted 1 length as 1 lap no matter how long the pool…

### How many pool laps to swim 437 yards?

This can be determined by dividing the total distance to be swum by the distance of one lap. For example: For a short course pool of 25 yards, one lap is the distance from one end of the pool to the other and back. One lap in this pool is 50 yards. Therefore, dividing the total distance to be swum by the length of one lap, we get, 437/50=8.74 laps so it takes 8.74 laps…

### How many laps is a 50 yard swim?

It depends on the pool. The 'standard' length pool in the U.S. is Junior Olympic, which is 25 yards. That would be 2 lengths (or one lap) to reach 50 yards. In an Olympic pool, which is 50 meters, one length (or 1/2 lap) would be a tad over 50 yards. If you aren't sure which type pool you are swimming in, it's probably a Junior Olympic...Olympic pools are not very common (in the U.S.).

### How many laps in a 25-meter pool equals 500 yards?

1 meter =3.281ft =1.093667yd (25m)(1.093667yd/m)=27.3417yd (rounded) If a lap is a single length of the pool, then (500yd)/(27.3417yd/length)=10.97, essentially ll lengths. If a lap is up and down (2 lengths) then half as many or 5.5 laps. The original above confuses me. Unless I am figuring wrong- (500yd)/(27.3417yd/length)=18.28, You would need to swim at least 18 lengths of the pool in order to swim 500yds.