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Skill of the Week: passing
Passing - VOY
FUF Training Habit #1 is “Support your Teammates.” Being a good lane mate is one way to make the most of your own practice and to support your teammates. Passing is not really fun for anyone, and it can be dangerous. Avoid having to pass by choosing the appropriate lane, the one that best matches your ability level. Having chosen a lane, swim in the appropriate order with the faster swimmers going in front of the slower swimmers. Circle swim, keeping to the right of your lane at all times. Leave room in the center of the lane for passing.
If you must pass another swimmer during a swim or a set, consider the following:
·It’s safest to pass at the wall where there is less chance of a head on collision. As you approach the wall, tap the foot of the swimmer in front of you once to indicate your intention to pass. Look ahead to make sure that there are no swimmers leaving the wall and swimming toward you. Then move to the slower swimmer’s left to approach the “outbound” side of the lane.
· The slower swimmer should yield to you by slowing down, turning slowly on the “inbound” side of the lane, or stopping at the wall and moving out of your way as you move in front of him/her at the wall.
· Make your turn and you are now in front of the slower swimmer.
· If you must pass in the middle of the pool (between the flags), do not tap the foot of the swimmer in front of you. Look ahead to assess the oncoming traffic and avoid a head-on collision. Speed up and quickly pass the swimmer in front of you on the left, moving quickly back to the right side of the lane after the pass.
· The slower swimmer should yield to you as you appear along side of him/her.
· No matter where in the pool you pass a swimmer, after passing, you have an obligation to keep up the faster pace and stay in front of that swimmer. Do not pass someone and then slow down in front.
If you are being passed…yield to the passing swimmer. Slow down a bit if being passed at the wall, and maintain your pace if being passed in the middle of the pool. Do not speed up or challenge the swimmer attempting to pass.
Passing efficiently is an important swim team skill to master.
Passing – DEV (25 Club)
Avoid having to pass by starting in the appropriate order with faster swimmers going in front of slower swimmers.
Avoid having to pass by leaving enough of a gap between you and the swimmer going in front of you that you will not catch up. Be patient.
Swim on the right side of the lane, so that if passing becomes necessary, the passing swimmer can pass on the left.
If you must pass, move to the left side of the lane and swim past the swimmer in front of you without touching him/her. Move back to the right side of the lane after passing.
If you are being passed, maintain your pace. Do not speed up, slow down, or stop. Let the swimmer passing go around you on your left and move back to the right side of the lane in front of you.
Be nice to each other! Support your teammates.