Please note that the facility guidelines shown here are intended to provide the best possible environment for competitive use of the pool and training. The following covers the rules for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming and speak specifically to Olympic and World Championship pools. There can be some adjustments made for smaller events; these adjustments are to be negotiated with the sports’ governing bodies.
Three 3m springboards mounted on a concrete platform. Four 1m springboards located on side opposite to tower structure. Ideally, mounted on concrete stands. All springboards should use Durafirm short stands and be situated a minimum of 2.2m apart.
10m, 7.5m, 5m and 3m platforms. 5m and 10m shall be 3 metres wide. 5m shall not be situated below the 10m. 3m and 7m may be stacked. Ideally, 7.5m and 3m should be a width of 2.5m however; it may be 2m and 1.5m respectively. Water agitation system required. Recommended Ruff-tex platform non-slip surface.
Indirect lighting to avoid potential blind spots for judges.
5m with straight walls
Separate dive tank is optimum standard; second option is L-shaped 50m pool; third option is 77m bulkhead separated; fourth is 52m bulkhead separated.
0.6 metres springboard; 2X removable deck towers; constructed to allow for 1m and 3m overhead spotting rigs; bubble sparger
Gutters to prevent spill over to deck
Allows for maximum use of facility for hosting opportunities and to be a top class-training site. Recommend that any recreational aquatic attractions (e.g. slides, wave pools, splash pads etc.) be completely isolated from the competitive facilities.
7.5m wide deck space on three sides. Space for judge’s chairs and judging risers, data handling and ceremonies as well as coach and athlete seating. Space for mats/ stretching. Eight-person hot tub in close proximity to diving platforms. Constant supply of running hot water for two on-deck showers.
Main score bard and secondary localized for diving area
Yes, with the capability to accept multiple inputs with area-specific broadcasts. Multiple high fidelity speakers strategically situated around venue to minimize echo and enhance clarity.
Press room with Internet connectivity to accommodate 20 media personnel. Television, power and video cable access portals in walls adjacent to pool.
Underwater window is valuable for bio-mechanical and real time coaching purposes.
Federation International de la Natation (FINA, International Swimming Federation) sets widely recognized standards for competition pools:
A pool may be referred to as fast or slow, depending on its physical layout. Some design considerations allow the reduction of swimming resistance making the pool faster: namely, proper pool depth, elimination of currents, increased lane width, energy absorbing racing lane lines and gutters, and the use of other innovative hydraulic, acoustic and illumination designs.
Depth: 2.0 meters (minimum). Although 2m is the minimum depth, 2.5 m is preferable.
At least 6 lanes.
A warm-up/cool-down pool is required for all National competitions. The warm-up pool is separate from the competition pool.
10 lanes or 25m with a minimum .2m buffer for outside lanes for outside lane rope. National: Minimum standard is 20.5m, 8 lanes is acceptable with a minimum .2m buffer for outside lanes for outside lane rope.
The distance between the respective goal lines shall be 30.0 meters for games played by men and 25.0 meters for games played by women. The width of the field of play shall be 20.0 metres. The depth of the water shall be nowhere less then 1.8 metres, preferably 2.0 metres.
Two 8-10 lane read-out (score) boards one at each end.
Required, with the capability to accept multiple inputs with area-specific broadcasts. Multiple high fidelity speakers strategically situated around venue to minimize echo and enhance clarity.
Permanent seating for 1,000 spectators minimum. Retractable bleachers on deck for 700 athletes, officials and coaches.
Designated space for a commentator and onsite broadcasting. Some way for the cables to enter the building without having to prop opens a door. Cabling for high demand electrical equipment for higher voltage is required. Space for train track (the camera that goes up and down the pool) on the pool deck. Also consider space for camera on bottom of pool.
Delimit in width and length the field of play in the Solo and the Duet with two lanes (maximum width 16 mt length 25)
No less than 27 plus 1 minus centigrade.
To accommodate up to 600 participants in pool area not including stands or spectator area
Underwater speakers required. Underwater lights desirable.
50 m pools divided by a bulkhead or 2 separate 25m pools.
Needs deck area at end of competition pool. Unobstructed by diving boards or starting blocks. Boards and blocks need to be portable/ removable. Confirm dimensions
Space for judges tables, athlete staging and entry, VIP staging and entry, medal ceremonies, etc. Judging occurs from both sides of pool deck space needs to allow for this. Manual scoring tables set up on deck, width should allow for this. (4-8m on 2 sides) Podium for awards on deck would be an asset. On deck bleachers for competitors.
Main competition area to accommodate up to 1000 spectators total. Spectators will be concentrated in area where the deep, competition pool can be viewed.
Events need to be videotaped and reviewed quickly if necessary. Filming from a height is preferable.
Underwater window likely not required, due to advancements on camera technology. Good quality acoustics are very important. Music is used for competition and the quality needs to be excellent. Consider good acoustic materials in design of facility.
25 m. Minimum. Could be several groups of 8-10 swimmers warming up at once. Space required for lap swimming, pattern practice, highlight practice, etc. Dangerous if crowded.
At least 6 lanes. Refer to FINA Handbook
The water temperature shall not be less then 26 celseus 1 minus 1 Centigrade
For Olympic games, World Championships and FINA events fresh water shall be used.
To accommodate up to 600 participants in pool area not including stands or spectator area.
Need to specify location of anchors for marker ropes (width and length). Require 1m, then 25(A) m tank, then 1m. Depending on type of net purchased, may need station anchors in deck surface at the back of the net.
Need sufficient space to install a temporary referee catwalk for competitions.
Space for judges’ tables, athlete staging and entry, VIP staging and entry, medal ceremonies, etc. Require space on deck for player benches/ coach chairs, etc.
Underwater window likely not required, due to advancements on camera technology.