# 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 'Fina' and the pool is only 25 meters.

In America there are also lots of yard pools both in 25 yard length (short course) and 50 yard length (long course) varieties

### 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…

### How much distance is one lap of swimming?

The distance in one lap of swimming depends on which pool one is in. Competitive swimmers consider one lap to be one length. In the US, there are three types of pools used for competition. The first is called a 25 yard pool. It is 25 yards and is generally used in high school swimming and in club swimming during the winter season. Another type of pool is a 25 meter pool. It is generally…

### 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…

### 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…

### 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 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.).

### 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 yards are in a lap?

It depends on the pool you're in. Swimming 1 lap = swimming 1 length of the pool. Most US high schools have 25 yard pools; whereas international and more competitive pools are a slightly longer 25 meters. Long course pools found at universities and large aquatics centers are often 50 yards/meters; basically 2 laps in one.