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# How many laps do you need to swim to make a mile?

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2010-06-17 22:35:42

"Swimming Mile" = 1650 Yards = 33 Laps (down and back)

"Real Mile" = 1760 Yards = 36 Laps (down and back)

33 laps (down and back) is equal to one "swimming mile", or a 1650.

This figure based on standard YMCA 25 yard pool.

A "Swimming Mile" (1650 above) is shorter than a "Real mile."

If you want to swim a "REAL" mile read below:

1 Mile = 5280 Feet

5280 Feet divided by 3 feet/yard = 1760 Yards

1760 Yards / 25 Yards / length of pool = 70.4 Lengths

70.4 laps / 2(Down+Back) = 35.2 laps

Since it would be odd to just swim .2 laps at the end I typically swim 36 Laps(Down and Back) to cover 1 mile = 72 Lengths of the pool to cover 5280 Feet

I plan to swim a "REAL" mile in a lake at scout camp in a few weeks which will be 5280 feet(1760 yards). In order to prepare and cover that distance I need to practice by swimming 72 lengths of the 25 yard YMCA pool in my neighborhood.

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2010-06-17 22:35:42
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