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andyinnorway 02-19-2013 12:30 AM

Swimming Trenches - Any experience
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Has anyone ever swum in a really narrow pool (see photo)? basically something approaching full length but only about 1-1.5m wide, a personal training lane in other words.

Something like this might be a possibility in the house I am buying as it has an odd strip of land about 2.5m wide at the side of the property that runs the length of the whole plot so could fit a 25m pool in as long as it was super narrow.

Are there any design features I should think of to avoid serious waves from such a narrow 'box'? (e.g. some sort of overflow and return to absorb the wake water and stop it returning)

What would be the minimum depth and width suggestions for flip turns and 4 stroke training?

Would this be a more enjoyable solution than an endless pool?

Richardsk 02-19-2013 11:11 AM

hi Andy

I remember reading in the Readers Digest when I was a boy about a Japanese swimming coach who trained several really fast swimmers in trenches dug in a paddy field. this was just after the war, and I think I probably read the story in the early 'fifties. Unfortunately I don't remember any names or any more than the bare facts, but I think some of his swimmers made the first Japanese Olympic team to swim after the war - probably Helsinki in 1952.

Richardsk 02-19-2013 11:21 AM

Ghul 02-19-2013 02:53 PM

The outside lanes in pools are supposedly the slowest (I think they leave
them empty in olympic finals) so you may have problems with waves reflecting
from the walls but it sounds more fun than an endless pool to me.

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