What Is The Size Of An Olympic Swimming Pool?
Last Updated on December 6, 2020 by Ephraim Iyodo
The Size of an Olympic swimming pool are approximately 50 m or 164 feet in length, 25 m or 82 feet in width, and 2 m or 6 feet in depth.
These measurements create a surface area of 13,454.72 square feet and a volume of 88,263 cubic feet. The pool has 660,253.09 gallons of water, which equals about 5,511,556 lbs.
Olympic Swimming Pool
Surprisingly, few people outside the world of swimming competitions know the difference between an Olympic swimming pool and an ordinary lap pool.
We often hear from customers who claim to have an “Olympic-long pool”, but almost always they mean a 25-yard lap pool.
In the United States, most competing swimming pools are 25 yards long.
This is the pool with the most standard length of competition, and the pool that is most often mistaken for an Olympic-sized pool (those who have not competed in swimming competitions).
Most American high schools, community recreation centers, universities and YMCA have 25-yard pools. Swimmers call this type of pool a “short course,” or “short yard course. On paper, the acronym is SCY.
For non-champion competitions (recreational, school and college double competition) you can use a 6-lane SCY-pool.
It allows using 3 swimmers from each team in chess order (1,3,5 vs. 2,4,6). The authorized championship competition, however, must have 8 lanes (or more).
These pools are usually 42 or 45 feet wide, based on the width of 7 lanes, and regardless of whether there are gaps between the outer lanes and the walls of the pool or not.
For officially approved U.S. swimming and NCAA / NAIA meetings, a 25-yard pool must also have approved touchpads that hang on the wall where swimmers touch and turn.
These touchpads are approximately one inch to half an inch (1.0 cm to 0.5 inch) thick, depending on the brand.
Thus, swimming pools, which are authorized meetings of swimmers, should be just over 25 yards to accommodate the touch pads. Touchpads are also used for any authorized meeting in meters.