Did you know: The english swim on the left

As swimmers, we have been conditioned to always swim a certain way in a swim lane. Just like in a car, Europeans stay on the right side and overtake on the left. But is it the same for everyone?


The question may seem trivial, but if you think about it, what's worse for a swimmer than suddenly finding yourself swimming with another person coming right at you? If this person is you, you risk, in addition to the collision, getting yourself told off at best, or getting a slap on the wrist at worst...


Do you have any plans to travel across the Channel for business, pleasure or a competition anytime soon? Nabaiji is here to give you the chance to avoid this kind of unfortunate inconvenience!





The verdict is in: in England you swim… on the right AND on the left!




The English swim in different directions depending on the lane they are in. In lanes with an odd number they swim on the right, and in even lanes, on the left!


Nabaiji has even got some English swimming signage for you:






“Why make it simple when you can make it complicated?” you might say.


Well actually the reasoning behind it is not as far-fetched as it may seem.


The English have thought of everything! By organising it this way, when you swim next to someone in a neighbouring lane, you will be moving in the same direction as them. This way, you will not run the risk of being "speared" in the arm by a butterfly swimmer with oversized biceps and a 2-metre arm span!


WARNING: if you are a habitual backstroker, from your perspective, right and left will of course be reversed!


“Elementary, my dear Watson!”

National Swimmer & Dialogue Leader