Where:Fairmont Aquatic Center 1044 E. Sugarmont Dr. (approx. 2200 South) (385) 468-1540
When:We swim together on the following days: Tuesdays at 7-8PM Thursdays at 7-8PM Sundays at 11-12AM Visitors are always welcome!
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New swimmers Welcome!Click here for more information on how to join our team. While there is a fair amount of socializing that oocurs at a QUAC practice, don’t come expecting a pool party. There are always at least two coaches on deck who will keep the workout moving and challenge your skills and grow as a swimmer. You don’t have to have swam on an age group team, in high school or in college to swim with QUAC. You don’t even have to know how to swim. All you need is a desire to come and participate. We have seven lanes of the pool during workout. Lane one is for people who are just learning to swim. Each lane is a little more advanced until you get to lane seven which is for people who have been swimming for a long time and have lots of experience. Workouts vary by lane. People in lane one will not be expected to do the same workout as those in lane seven. While QUAC does swim competively and while we do like winning (who doesn’t?), winning is not the primary goal. No one is going to berate you if you miss practice. No one is going to kick you off the team if you can’t make every practice every week. QUAC is about personal growth and having fun. You will get as much out of QUAC as you are willing to put into it. So come join us for a good workout, a good group of people have a good time and improve your swimming skills and get in shape in the process.
Pool EtiquetteDuring swim practice, a large number of people of different abilities have to share limited pool space. Over the years a set of conventions and rules known as ‘Pool Etiquette’ have evolved and are summarized here to facilitate a safe workout.
Rules of the Pool
- Take a shower before getting in the pool
- Don’t wear a bathing suit that is so old that it ‘clings’ or is transparent (white).
- Don’t clear your nose or spit in the pool
- Don’t hang off or climb on the lane lines, it can damage them
- Keep your nails trimmed and avoid wearing sharp jewelry
- Help out with equipment – help put away kick-boards, pull-buoys, etc
Keeping a Flow to the Workout
- Select a lane that suits your speed, even if you can’t complete the sets (take more rest). If you are unsure which lane best fits your abilities, ask one of the on-deck coaches
- If a lane is crowded and an adjacent lane is not, a faster swimmer should move up or a slower swimmer should move down for the workout
- If you are consistently the fastest or slowest in your lane, consider moving up or down a lane
- Swim in order of speed, fastest to slowest. The order might change during the workout as some swimmers are faster in different strokes
- The leader of the lane should understand and complete the set exactly as instructed and be good with the pace clock
- Leave at least 5 seconds between swimmers to avoid crowding, allow for turns and track your time – WATCH THE CLOCK and don’t ‘tailgate’!
- Avoid switching the swimming order in the middle of a set – this will decrease or increase the assigned interval and rest time for people behind you
- Drill the drill sets and kick the kick sets – they will make you a better swimmer
- When the coach speaks, LISTEN carefully and pay attention to the instructions
- If you are not following the workout, stay out of the way! If you need a break or are socializing either get out of the pool or squeeze to the right corner of the lane so swimmers can turn without obstructions
Observing the Right of way
- Swim on the right side of the lane in counterclock-wise fashion. Cross to the left side just before making a turn, and push off streamlined on the right side (return side)
- If you want to pass the swimmer in front of you during a long swim, touch his or her foot about 10 yards before the wall
- If a swimmer behind you touches your foot, let him/her pass at the next turn – squeeze to the right side of the wall and wait until passed
- Be aware of your surroundings; if you notice a swimmer gaining ground on you, be courteous and let that swimmer pass you at the wall. To do this, stop in the right hand corner of the lane so the swimmer you are yielding to can cross over to the left of the lane and complete the flip turn
- When you enter the water, never dive, jump or push off into oncoming swimmers. Wait until they have made the turn and pushed off
- NEVER DIVE into a lane with swimmers in it unless a coach is managing the dive practice – it is very easy to cause a collision with an unsuspecting swimmer
- If you need to stop and rest, squeeze into the corner to the RIGHT of incoming swimmers so they will have sufficient room to turn
- If you skip a set to rest, sit out on the deck; don’t hang out on the wall if that would obstruct other swimmers
- After touching the wall, MOVE OVER! Leave the wall open for swimmers behind you to finish at the wall
- If you are not following the workout, defer to swimmers who are
Stay Safe While SwimmingSwimming is a healthy activity and has a low risk of injury compared to many other sports. Nevertheless, there are risks associated with swimming. By being smart and cautious you can minimize the risks and play safer in the water.
Before you get in the poolMake sure you are fit for it. Some level of cardiovascular endurance is expected before you decide to participate in a one-hour workout. If you have doubts or you have any medical condition that might influence your ability to exercise, please check with a physician before you come to the pool. Also, allow ample time to recover from acute illnesses like colds or surgery; you might be feeling fine when at rest but the stress of the workout could put your body at risk for injury or complications. Finally, if you have taken mind-altering substances (prescribed or otherwise) it is unsafe for you to swim.
At the pool
- Please inform your coach of any medical conditions or medications that might affect your ability to exercise; he or she could advise you on the best course of action and may be better able to help you in case of a problem.
- Get in a lane appropriate to your skill level.
- Be mindful of your lane-mates:
- Swim five seconds apart so you don’t get hit after a turn.
- Always swim to the right of the lane to avoid head-on collisions.
- Remember to stop before the wall.
- Don’t flip-turn too close to the wall; you might injure your heels.
- NEVER dive into a lane before during and after a workout unless a coach is managing the dive practice. Swimmers may change lanes quickly which could cause a collision. Do not dive from the shallow end of the pool; even the best divers can slip on the wet surface.
- STOP and REST if at any point in the workout you don’t feel well.
- Listen to your coach and follow his/her instructions, they can ask you to switch lanes or get out of the pool if appropriate.
- Above all, please use common sense, good judgment and courtesy. By following these simple rules you will be a healthier and safer athlete and the entire team will benefit from it.
LegalitiesTo keep our Lawyers happy. By voluntarily coming to the pool you acknowledge and accept the inherent risks of swimming. The facility has a ‘swim at your own risk’ policy. In case of emergency paramedics will be called.QUAC is not responsible for any injuries or mishaps during practices. QUAC does not carry insurance for any injuries or accidents that occur before, during or after a QUAC practice.