How many laps is a mile swimming?
This is a question that many people ask, especially if they are new to swimming. The answer may surprise you, as it is not as simple as you might think.
Keep reading for more valuable information.
What is a Mile in Swimming?
The distance of the mile swim is perhaps the most confusing thing about it. The “swimming miles” are not the same as the standard one, usually 1760 yards or 1610 meters.
There are three main mile distances in swimming. Let’s take a look at them.
The Meet Mile: This distance is used in international swimming competitions.
A yard competition pool defines the mile as 1650 yards. This is 90 yards less than a real mile. However, in a meter competition pool, the swimming mile is 1500 meters. This equates to approximately 1640 yards. Again, this is just a fraction of an actual mile.
The Pool Training Mile: Swimmers use 1650 meters or 1650 yards to train in preparation for the mile event. Both will give them the necessary fitness for the actual competition mile, which is defined as either 1500m or 1650m, as we have just discussed.
The Open Water Mile: A mathematically-correct mile is used in the open water swimming. This is 1760 meters or 1610 meters. If you want to train for a mile in open water events, you will need to divide 1760 yards by your pool’s length (if it is in yards) or divide 1610 meters by your pool’s length.
You may be asking yourself, “How far is a mile?” It all depends.
It all depends on your goal. Do you want to swim a mile? If you’re going to swim a mile, train to cover 1760 yards or 1610 meters. If your goal is to swim one mile in a competitive swim meet, you should prepare to complete 1650 yards or 1500 meters.
What’s The Difference Between Lengths and Laps?
To avoid confusion, we need to discuss the following aspect: the difference between lengths and laps. If you’re an experienced swimmer, you will know no difference.
Many novice or recreational swimmers believe that a lap can be defined as two lengths of a pool. This means swimming up and down.
On the other hand, a length is a distance from one end to another. This is wrong, as I explain in my article “What Is a Lap in Swimming?”
It is essential to know that a lap and length are both the same distance to avoid confusion. This means you can swim from one end to the other.
This is how it works: A lap is a complete circuit around a race track. Swimming is the race track. If you swim from one end of the pool to the other, you have completed the track.
Your pool size can affect the number of laps per mile.
You now know how far you’re training and the difference between a lap of length and a lap; it is time to learn about the impact of the size of your pool on how many laps you have to swim.
Here are the three main lengths of swimming pools used by swimmers worldwide for competition and training.
25 Yard Pool: This pool is used by swimmers in the U.S. during the short course season. It occurs primarily during the winter months. 25-yard pools are often used for college and high school swimming meets. Many recreational pools in the U.S. also have 25 yards.
25 Meter Pool: This pool is slightly longer than 25 meters, but it’s used by most countries other than the U.S. for short-course swimming meets. International short-course swimming competitions such as the World Short Course Swimming Championships, held every two years, use the 25-meter pool.
The 50-meter pool is the most popular length for international swimming competitions. This includes the Olympic Games. Nearly all other swimming meets, even age-group competitors, occur in a 50-meter pool. Many swimmers train in this length pool throughout the year.
Unconventional pool sizes: Swimming may be done in pools with different lengths. These pools can be 20-yard, 30-yard or 40-yard long. These pools can be used for training but not for competitions.
Your pool’s length affects how many laps it takes to complete the mile. Naturally, the larger your pool, the fewer laps are required to complete the swim. However, the smaller your pool, the more laps needed to complete the swim.
How Many Laps Is A Mile Swimming?
We have now covered everything you need to know to swim one mile in the pool. Now we will show you how many laps it takes to complete a mile of swimming. Here’s everything you need to know to swim a mile, depending on your training goals.
Number of laps per mile (1760 yards/ 1610m):
- 25-yard pool: 1760 yards is 70.4 laps
- 25 Meter Pool: 1610 m is 64.4 laps.
- 50 Meter Pool: 1610m is 32.2 laps.
Number of laps per mile (1650 yards or 1500m)
- 25-yard pool: 1650 yards is 66 laps.
- 25 Meter Pool: 1500 meters, 60 laps.
- 50 Meter Pool: 1500 meters is 30 laps.
If you have a large pool or a small one, you will need to do some math to determine how many laps it takes to complete a mile. It’s not complicated.
This formula can determine how many laps are required to complete one mile.
The number of yards/meters in a swimmer’s miles/actual mile/distance from the pool (in yards/meters).
Example: If your pool is 20 feet long and you want to swim a full mile, all you need to do to get there is to divide 1760 yards by 20. This would give you 88 laps to swim to complete the entire mile.
How to Count Your Laps While Swimming a Mile
It’s great to know how many laps it takes to swim a mile. However, you won’t get the best results if you don’t count your laps correctly.
Being a competitive swimmer, I am well aware of how easy it can be to lose track or miscount laps when doing long-distance swims. I do this at least once a week, and luckily, I have great teammates.
Here are two valuable ways to ensure you swim the total distance and reap the benefits.
GPS Swim Watch: The best and most accurate way of measuring how many laps you have completed is to use a GPS watch.
Garmin Swim 2 is my favorite swimming watch. This watch can measure open water as well as pool swimming and is very affordable compared to other eyes that have similar capabilities.
Wearable lap counter: This is another effective, cheaper method of counting laps. However, it requires more brainpower.
It is low-tech and low-profile. You simply press a button every lap. You can also see the speed of your laps by using the built-in timer.
How Long Does It Take To Swim A Mile? The Average Mile Swim Time.
Perhaps you are curious about the average time to swim a mile. This will help you set a goal that you can reach to ensure you swim in the pool at a reasonable pace.
I wrote an article a while back to give you an idea of the average swim time for one mile. It analyzed the times from 425 swimmers representing a broad range of ages and experience levels.
The average time to swim a mile in open water was 30 minutes and 0.02 seconds. You will swim faster in a pool because you have fewer waves, better vision and walls to push off after every turn. A pool swim should take between 25 and 27 minutes.
These times may not apply to everyone. These are some guidelines for swimming one mile in time.
A mile of swimming should take beginners between 40 and 50 minutes. Intermediate swimmers can swim in 30 to 35 minutes. Advanced swimmers can swim in 25 to 30 minutes. For one mile, elite swimmers should take less than 20 minutes.
How Many Calories Do You Burn Swimming A Mile?
Swimming is an excellent exercise and an excellent way to lose weight. You might wonder how many calories you can burn by swimming one mile.
Many factors influence how many calories you’ll burn swimming a mile, including your age, weight, speed, and the stroke you use. It is impossible to give a 100% accurate answer.
However, I have some guidelines that can help you estimate how many calories you’ll burn by swimming one mile.
A lot of people expect to burn 250-350 calories swimming freestyle, 230-3000 calories swimming backstroke, 350-400 calories in breaststroke and 450-500 calories in butterfly.
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