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Length of a Lap PoolA 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

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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 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.


No. A lap is two lengths and two widths of a swimming pool. You have to go around the swimming pool to complete one lap.


A rectangular pool shape is longer than it is wide. A lap would be comprised of swimming the length of the pool.


When I was swimming competitively, a lap was down and back. A "length" was just once down the pool.


One lap of the pool is usually 25 meters or yards. An Olympic pool is 50 meters long.


The standard for a pool depends on the season of swimming. Long course season, which you see in the Olympics, takes place in a pool 50 meters in length. Short course season, which takes place in the winter, takes place in a 25 yard pool. Most neighborhood pools are 25 yards.


The answer depends on the length of a lap: a lap of a running track will be considerably larger than a lap of a swimming pool!


I have heard that it is once only across the length of the pool not up and back.


Swimming from one end to the other is considered to be one lap or length


No, that's a length. A lap is when you've swam to the other end and back.


A lap in an Olympic size pool is down and back, it's just farther than doing a lap in a 25 meter pool. A lap in an Olympic pool is 100 M whereas a lap in a regular pool is 50 M.


In a standard pool for competitive swimming, it would only be one lap. In an Olympic sized pool, it would be half of one lap.


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 used in the summer for club swimming. The final type of pool is called a 50 meter pool. It is the standard type used in club swimming during the summer. This type of pool is used at the Olympics.


When a coach says 1 length, they usually mean lap of the pool. One lap could be 25 yards/meters, or 50 yards/meters. It depends of what pool you swim at.


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 in regard to pools: "2.b. One complete length of a straight course, as in a swimming pool."


One length of an Olympic size swimming pool is 50mtrs or 164.041 feet, so a lap (2 lengths) would be 328.082 feet


a length is 25 yards/meters if you are in a short course pool a lap is 50 yards/meters if you are in a short course pool


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 never talked about "lengths of the pool" at all. My lap counters always counted down from 20 for the 500 and from 64 for the mile (in 25m pools). In the Olympics the 50m is one lap. But, the definition of a lap is not linked to any particular measurement; when you turn around, you are swimming a new lap.Perhaps we can do away with the confusion by just talking about yardage/meters instead which is how most competitive swimmers talk about how far they swam.Some people think that 2 lengths of the pool is a lap -- that is from start to the end of the pool and back (seems to make sense, right?), however, according to the rules of the Olympic games, a lap is one length of a pool. This is how competitive high school and college swimmers count laps, as well. In track a lap is one complete distance of the length of track. It's the same in swimming; one length of the pool is one lap.


lap swim is swimming from the starting place of the pool up to the other end of the pool. . .


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.


Depends on how big the swimming pool is.


This depends what type of swimming pool you are in. If your in a 50m pool, then 1 lap is bound to be 50m, then it's the exact same in a 25m pool, you would have swam 1 lap which is equivalent to 25m.


no a lap is down and back


lap length is the inside dimension of a pool whereas the Development length is the dimension of the hole required to build the pool.


A lap in a pool is measured by the long side of the pool. The longest length of the pool is often used for races by swimmers.



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