Swimming Essay

1244 Words Mar 2nd, 2012 5 Pages
Water Temperature. This characteristic has as much to do with personal preference, and event(s) being swum as with actual science. Extremely warm or cold temps are bad for obvious reasons. Some swimmers like the jolt colder water gives while others feel like it tightens their muscles. Some swimmers like the warm water because there is no jolt and their muscled stay loose. Others overheat. As a result, your preference and experience coupled with the kind of event you are swimming will have a large impact. Generally, upper 70's (Fahrenheit) is considered a good temperature, but this is highly debatable. There is little debate over the theory that temperature plays a part in a pool's speed. There is, however, a lot of debate over what …show more content…
Swimmers at the IUPUI in Indianapolis, one of the best (and fastest) pools in the world can actually swim laps in the gutters (if they let you). They are huge. As with the depth of a pool, good gutters help to decrease water turbulence. Note: gutters only work if the water level is at the right height. If the maintenance people have the water too high or too low, they don't work!Where a deep pool reduces turbulence coming off the bottom of the pool, the the gutters reduce the turbulence at the surface, which is arguably more important, since swimming is mostly done on the surface. As waves go into the gutter, they get swallowed up and do not bounce back into the race area. The gutter is a beautiful invention. Without them, the pool would be like the wave pool at the water park, especially during sprint events. If the gutters aren't deep and/or wide, they will not be able to handle large wake and reflecting wake will result. And, since races go back and forth up the length of the pool, swimmers are constantly swimming against the current they created on the lap before. The more that current can be decreased the faster the swimmers will go.Lane Lines. Good lane lines have the same effect as good gutters, except these cut down on the turbulence in the middle of the pool and between lanes and within lanes. Any swimmer that has swam in a pool with poor or no lane lines versus a pool with good lines can

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