In the event that there are more swimmers than lanes, our lifeguards will direct you to "circular swim." ("Much like traffic on the road, always swim on the right side of the lane. This means swimming on one side of the lane going down and the other side of the lane coming back. Swimmers move in a counterclockwise circle, hence the name.")
Here are my five simple rules that swimmers of all abilities can follow to make open lap swim a more enjoyable experience for everyone:
1) Come to the pool expecting to circle swim. - Circle swimming is standard when lap swimming. In most places, that means staying to the right of the black line, switching sides when you make your turn. Yes, having a lane to yourself is awesome, but if you show up to the pool, expect that you will be circle swimming. If there are fewer than three people to your lane, you will probably split a lane, this is also a lucky break. Holding a grudge over not having your own lane won't make other swimmers go away. In fact, they'll still swim around you if you refuse to cooperate.
2) When it comes to claiming an empty lane, first come first served! - And if you lose out on an empty lane because you weren't there first, remember the previous rule: circle swim rules the pool
3) Patience, patience, patience. - Most lap swimmers simply want to get a good workout in without making it more difficult for the other swimmers. When trying to enter a lane with a swimmer in motion, attempt to get their attention at the end of the pool where you would like to enter. Swimmers may split the lane when only two people are swimming, but once the third enters the water, remember the previous rule(s): circle swim rules the pool.
4) It doesn't matter what you've swum before, we're all at open swim. Leave lots of room to be passed if need be and be a polite passer. If you're stopping at the wall, move as far to the side of the wall as possible. Remember, its just as scary to have a fast swimmer whip past you swimming butterfly as it is frustrating to be stuck behind a sidestroker. Be polite and do the best you can. It's not the end of the world. Lifeguards will be available to assist with proper lane placement.
5) Treat others as you would like to be treated. The golden rule applies to everything, even open swim! Be the lane mate you would like to swim with. Be patient, courteous, and acknowledge the other swimmers as they enter your lane and as they swim. It's such a simple thing, but it will make swimming a good experience for us all.
It's HOT in Savannah in the summertime and there's nothing like a dip in the pool to help cool you off. The JEA features an Olympic-sized outdoor pool that's got something for everybody.
Please Note: The Outdoor Pool is open daily May 1 - Labor Day. It will continue to stay open on Saturdays and Sundays through September.
A NEW Outdoor Pool is coming...
Check it out as part of the JEA Envision the Future Capital Campaign!