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Among the different forms of swimming pool, the swimming lane is undoubtedly the most serious and the sportiest! Dedicated to swimming as its name suggests, it is very elegant and racy. That's why it seduces even those who prefer lazing by the pool rather than the lengths...

The swim lane

The swim lane

The swimming lane in a few figures

The characteristic of the swimming lane is its configuration: it is longer than wide. Hence its name of corridor. Perfectly optimized for swimming, it avoids having to turn around after only 3 or 4 fathoms.

To maintain its corridor appearance, width and length must be proportional. The width corresponds to one or two lines of swimming, between 2 and 5 m.
The length can go up to 25 m and more. It is considered that in order to swim comfortably, it takes a length of minimum of 15 m. But counter-current swimming systems have changed the game. Today, there are mini swimming lanes 2 m wide for only 5 m long.

The swim lane usually has a flat bottom. It is shallow (on average, between 1.10 m and 1.60 m).

The different types of swim lanes

The swim lane is a relatively recent pool shape. Originally, it was exclusively made to measure. The most common are therefore basins masonry and buried or semi-buried.

But the swimming lane, by its original form, has become more and more adept. We want it for its aestheticism like no other. That's why he democratized.

Today all the techniques of swimming pool manufacturing allow to realize a swimming lane: swimming hallway kit which makes it possible to limit the cost of installation, wooden above ground swimming hallway which can be made or not, hull swim lane which is less expensive than a masonry basin. For these, the maximum length is 25 m.

The swim lane can also be constructed as a natural pool with its treatment area planted with aquatic plants.

The advantages and disadvantages of the swim lane

The swim lane is THE sports pool. Unless you install a counter-current swimming system in a pool, this is the only one that allows to link the lengths without turning every 5 or 6 fathoms.
In its design, the swim lane is shallow. It is therefore ideal to practice aquagym or aquabike exercises.

But the swim lane is not really suitable for a playful family use. Its small width does not play in the water as in a round, square or rectangular rectangular pool.

The swim lane is not suitable for all terrain configurations. To be able to install a basin of 15 or 20 m length, it is necessary to have the necessary place still. To overcome this drawback, the swim lane is often placed along an outside wall. The layout of the perimeter of the basin must also take into account its elongated shape.

It is also more complicated to cover a swim lane. All shelters are not suitable. Whether fixed, sliding or telescopic, the shelter must be strong enough to cover a long length. If the swim lane itself costs almost the same price as a conventional pool of the same size, its coverage can be much more expensive.

The swim lane and the law

The buried or semi-buried swim lane meets the same legislation as the classic pool. Depending on its size, you need file a declaration of work (basin of 10 to 100 m²) or make a Request for a building permit (basin of more than 100 m²). Only the mini swim lane of less than 10 m² requires no authorization (unless it is in a saved area).
It must have at least one of the four safety devices provided by law (protective barrier, immersion or perimeter alarm, safety cover.
It can also lead to higher local taxes.

Good to know: For the training to be even more efficient, the swim lane can be equipped with a counter-current swimming system. It also makes it possible to limit the length while allowing a job equally, or even more intensive.

Video Instruction: Create a Swim Lane Flowchart in Visio