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# How long is a lap in a swimming pool?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

13y ago

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

Wiki User

12y ago

Wiki User

14y ago

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.

Wiki User

13y ago

A lap is two lengths of a pool as defined by most competitive swimmers and Webster's Dictionary. The distance of a lap depends on how long the pool is. Most pools are either 25 yards or 25 meters, thus making a lap 50 yards or meters. You would need to ask the pool director if the particular pool is meters or yards as it can be difficult to tell, unless you are a really good judge of distance. Other pools can be 50 meters. Olympic-size pools are 50 meters x 25 meters.

Wiki User

12y ago

My answer will talk about pools within the USA and those within Europe. In the USA, we use the decimal system-inches, feet, yards. In Europe, the metric system is used-millimeters, centimeters, meters. The standard pool size in America is a 25 yard in length pool. They vary quite a lot in terms of pool width some having as few as four or five lanes to as many as twelve to fourteen lanes.

In Europe, two standard sizes are used-25 meters and 50 meters in length. Here again , the widths of the pools vary considerably.

As a competition swimmer from America, I see no need to build any more 25 yards in length pools. Since international competitions are carried out in 50 meter pools, I would suggest that 50 meters in length pools become the standard pool size in length in the USA.

Wiki User

15y ago

generally 25 yards or 25 meters in length, and at least 4 to 5 feet deep. http://swimming.about.com/od/buildapool/a/poolsizedepth.htm

Wiki User

11y ago

depends on how long your pools lanes are. Mine is 25meters.

Wiki User

12y ago

Most are 25 meters, although some are 50 meters. Olympic pools are 50 meters.

Wiki User

8y ago

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