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Is two lengths equal to one lap in a pool?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

15y ago

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."

Wiki User

13y ago

Wiki User

15y ago

Yes. Out and back lengthwise is considered a lap.

Wiki User

14y ago

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

Wiki User

14y ago

Nothing really, to swim the length of the pool is to do one lap. To swim 2 lengths is to swim two laps, so on and so forth.

Wiki User

11y ago

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.

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Q: Is two lengths equal to one lap in a pool?