These guidelines are common to all United States Masters Swimming programs and are set in place to ensure workouts are done safely and without incidence.
Overall Guidelines for swimming in a master’s workout:
A master’s swim workout is an organized/structured workout.
You should be following the workout given by the coach
You should be swimming a specific cruise time & following the intervals given in the workout.
If you want to swim your own workout you can either swim in the small pool or during lap swim hours.
Who should lead the lane? The first swimmer in the lane must understand the set and all the intervals, be able to see and read the pace clock and have a good sense of pace. If you typically take it out fast and fade, you are better off swimming the set behind a teammate who will pace the set better. The Lane Leader should use common sense and realize that the way he/she swims the practice affects everyone in the lane. The other swimmers need to support their Lane Leader, politely correcting errors and electing new leaders at the correct times.
It is best to make the pass at the walls rather than in the middle of the laps. Here is how it works:
Passer: Gently taps feet of Passee.
Passee: At the next turn, pulls over to the RIGHT corner and stops. Passer: Makes flip turn at LEFT corner of wall.
Passee: Starts swimming again, behind the Passer.
Late Arrivals – If you arrive late: (I,e., ANYTIME AFTER THE DRILL SET STARTS)
PRIOR to getting in the water, check with the coach to see what lane to get in (as lanes may have been shifted during the drill set)
Check the white board before entering the water so you have an idea of what the workout is
WAIT FOR THE SWIMMERS TO STOP BEFORE GETTING IN so they know someone else is in their lane
Get in the back of the rotation
Do NOT expect swimmers in your lane to stop and explain the set to you
Be as unobtrusive as possible
If you arrive early, please either warm up in the small pool or find and empty lane. Do not get in a lane where swimmers are in the middle of their set.