Lap Swim/Water Exercise

This Program is available to day pass and season pass holders. Lap Swim/Water Exercise times are scheduled specifically for swimmers who are actively swimming with forward progress. Swimmers who wish to simply float or exercise in one place are encouraged to utilized open space in the Rec Pool (if available), or speak to the on deck supervisor to determine the best place to exercise.

  • Available lap swim lanes will be limited during heavy programming hours.
  • No free play will be allowed in the lap pool during designated lap swim hours.
  • Children under 14 years old may not participate in lap swim times.
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Lap Swim Times 10:00am-3:00pm 6:30am- 3:00pm 10:00am-3:00pm 6:30am- 3:00pm 10:00am-5:00pmpm 10:00am- 5:00pm 10:00am- 5:00pm
 5:50pm-6:00pm 5:50pm-6:00pm 5:50pm-6:00pm 5:50pm-6:00pm
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Aqua Aerobics Times

Lap Swim Etiquette at the Aliso Viejo Aquatics Center

Though you may occasionally find an empty lane that’s all your own, oftentimes you will show up at the pool for your swim and see that each lane has one or more swimmers already going.

This doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. A single lane can accommodate several swimmers (just go watch a swim team practice) provided they all go at a comparable pace. Take a minute to observe each of the lanes and get a sense of which one you match up with best. At the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center, we will designate slow lanes and fast lanes, but seeing the swimmers that are already going is an even better gauge.

If you’re ready to pick a lane and start swimming, make sure everyone in that lane is aware that you’re going to join them. Sit by the edge of the pool and wait for them to finish a set, or wave a kickboard underwater to get their attention, or jump in and stand in the corner of the lane until they acknowledge you’re joining them.
At that point, it’s worth it to have a quick discussion about how you’re going to swim in concert—either by splitting the lane (if there are just two of you) or by swimming in circles (if there are two or more).
Splitting the Lane: In this scenario, one of you swims on one side of the lane and one of you swims on the other. If you’re splitting the lane, you stay in your half no matter what.

Circle Swim

Much like traffic on a road, always swim on the right side of the lane. This means swimming on one side of the lane going down and the other side of the lane coming back. Swimmers move in a counterclockwise circle, hence the name.