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    Question junior olympic size pool

    I'm working out in a junior olympic size pool. do you know how many laps (there and back) there are in a mile? and/or what would the math formula be to modify my workouts accordingly?

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    I'm not sure exactly what you mean by Junior Olympic size, but it's pretty easy to convert if you know the following:

    1760 yards = 1 mile

    1600 meters = 1 mile

    So if your pool is 25 yards long, you need to swim 72 lengths to do a mile (it's actually a tad over a mile--i.e., 1800 yards).

    If your pool is 25 meters long, you need to swim 64 lengths to do a mile.

    If it's some other weird distance, you'll have to do the math based on the above equivalents.

    Hope this helps.

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    This brings up a phenomenon that's almost a pet peeve of mine -- the way hotels, health clubs and other facilities use imaginative (shall we say) descriptions for their pools.
    There are really only three regulation sizes for pools: Long Course or 50 meter (which is the Olympic length), Short Course Meter or 25 meter and Short Course Yard or 25 yard (which as far as I know is only official in the US).

    But you'll see all sorts of pools called "Olympic," "Junior Olympic," "Competition-size," etc., that are some other size. There's even a health club near me that calls a 48 FOOT pool "olympic."

    So I guess the point is, the labels facilties use don't mean anything -- get the actual length.

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    And of course to be correct about "Olympic-size", the pool would need to be 50 meters long, but also have 10 lanes. Otherwise, it's just "Olympic-length".

    -Rick

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    And depth, and width of lane and buffer zones between the outside lanes and the walls, etc - all part of "Olympic size". With very few exceptions, the use of the term "Olympic size" is a gross exageration of the actual dimensions of the pool in question.
    But, I would wager that it nearly always stems from total ignorance rather than willful false advertizing.

    And, as luck would have it, it nearly always falls on ignorant ears - the overwhelming majority of people who see the words "Olympic size" have not the slightest clue what the real size of an Olympic pool is. I think the one thig people expect of an "Olympic size" pool is lines on the bottom.

    And to further obfuscate things, an Olympic H2O Polo pool is a different size than an Olympic Synchro pool, which is a different size than an Olympic Swimming pool, which is a different size than an Olympic Diving pool, which is a different size than the Olympic Hot Tub BESIDE it. WHICH "Olympic size" pool are they talking about?
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    Thanks

    Thanks you guys. You've been very helpful. It's good to know I came to the right place. The feedback on this was much more than I expected. I didn't know if there was such a thing as a "Junior Olympic" size pool and now I know! I should've just measured it in the first place.

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    And to further obfuscate things, an Olympic H2O Polo pool is a different size than an Olympic Synchro pool, which is a different size than an Olympic Swimming pool, which is a different size than an Olympic Diving pool, which is a different size than the Olympic Hot Tub BESIDE it. WHICH "Olympic size" pool are they talking about?
    Although... doesn't an official Olympic water polo course fit neatly within an Olympic swimming pool, with appropriate (i.e., not too wide) margins around? 30 x 20 meters, as I recall, which would fit well inside a 50 x 25 meter pool.

    -Rick

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    Rick, you're right. But if the motelier at your destination has an an honest-to-God Olympic Swimming pool set up in H2O Polo configuration my guess is that you aren't going to have an easy or pleasant time getting your workout in - what with 45 kids playing jungleball and a bunch of beerswilling tourists in beachbaggies, lounging around on plastic inflatables, occasionally taking a full plunge and fanning away the yellow clouds they produce in the water.
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