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How To Use A Swim Pace Clock | Keeping Time When Swimming

December 1, 2019


(dramatic music) (clocking ticking) (mechanical typing) – This is a swimming pool clock and whether you’ve used one or not, you’ve probably noticed a clock like this on the wall of your local swimming pool that isn’t there to tell the time. This is actually a pace
clock and it’s designed to help coaches and swimmers structure and measure their
efforts that much easier. Now, if you haven’t used this
piece of equipment before, it can seem a little bit confusing. Well, we’re here to
help and we’re going to explain why you might want to use a clock and how you can incorporate it
into your next swim session. (chill techno music) You might well have noticed
fast scored swimmers using the clock and presume
it’s only for the elite. Well, that isn’t true,
it’s actually perfect for swimmers of all abilities. Say if you’re doing sets or reps, it’s a great way to track
and clock your times and also see your progress
as you go through the session and if there’s several of you in the lane, then it’s a great way to
have a tempo or a structure to make sure that your group work together and it makes the life of a
coach that much easier too. You’ve generally got two
types of swimming pace clocks, the analog version like you see here or the digital version. Now when it comes to your analog version, it should look pretty familiar, as it is the shape of a clock, and instead of actually
having 12 on the top, you’ve got zero. Instead of having six on the bottom, you’ve obviously got 30. So the hours are replaced by seconds. Now, you can either have
the four-pronged option that we’ve shown you or a two-pronged option, and usually you’ll find
that each of the prongs will be a different color so it helps you to differentiate with
being able to keep track. Now the digital version
is quite often doubled up as actually a clock that tells the time, but you really just need to
concentrate on the seconds and sometimes the minutes as well. (chill techno music) A pace clock can bring
structure to a squad, making it easier for the
coach to keep control of a large group of swimmers, especially if there’s different abilities, as different lanes can be
going off turnaround times, but more on that in a moment. First, we need to address
the standard lingo. Let’s begin with the leaving time and it makes sense to go on
the zero, which in this case, the coach would refer to
as leaving on the top. It might be the 1/4 past, so the coach probably
say leaving on the 15, when the hand reaches 15 seconds past. Another thing to note is the color ’cause if you’ve got
four hands for example, you need to know which one it is. So in that case, they
might refer to on the top or the red top, for example. That leads us onto the leaving gap and it’s quite self-explanatory. It’s the time that you
leave between each swimmer. So if say the coach says going on the top, you obviously can’t all push off at once, you need to leave a uniform
gap between each swimmer and the coach should dictate
whether that’s going to be a five second or a 10 second gap. If you’re in a 25 meter pool and there’s four or more of you, you probably want to
leave just five seconds as with a 10 second gap, the lead swimmer is likely to be back and pushing off the wall
before the first swimmer has even gone, unless
you’re doing 50 meter reps, then it’s a good idea
to stick to the five. And obviously, the length of the pool can determine whether you want
to go five or 10 second gaps. On the whole, if you’re
in a 50 meter pool, then it’s nice to leave a 10 second gap, so you don’t catch or get
in the way of each other. It can be a little tricky to start with, but once you’ve got the
hang of using a clock, it can really change your session, especially if you’re swimming in a group. But one but bear of mind that
I really just had to point out is if you’re going into, we’ll say five or 10 second intervals, make sure you actually stick to those and you don’t go early or late as you’ll start to really annoy the other swimmers in your lane. Well hopefully you’ve enjoyed it, give us a thumbs up, like, if you have, hit the globe to subscribe. If you want to see a
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7 Comments

  • Reply Global Triathlon Network November 29, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Do you find using a pace clock easy or difficult? Let us know by leaving a comment? ⏱

  • Reply Peter Parahuz November 29, 2019 at 11:48 am

    do you swim clockwise within the lane in the uk? 2:44

  • Reply P W November 29, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    The clock at my local gym only has one hand! However, it's still very useful. My watch is too difficult to read while swimming and it puts me off my stroke when trying to look at it!

  • Reply Jason Krupp November 29, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    I've never seen a pace clock like that before. Colours are weird….

  • Reply Thelinesman November 29, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    What is a good freestyle time in a 33 metre pool ? Professional standard say!

  • Reply Jose Luis Alvarado November 30, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Where did you filmed the video? Seems really cool pool to go for a swimming!! Cheers!! 💪🏼

  • Reply Tom Bryan December 1, 2019 at 9:47 am

    It would be great if you could suggest some drills which utilise the clock into your training when you are not in a group.

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