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What is a good way to keep track of laps when swimming long distances?

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Depends what you mean by "long distances".

When I was training for triathlon I mostly swam 30-40 laps and i gave each 100m a visual key-word. I'd lock in a picture of whatever the keyword was as I turned at the shallow end and, when I finished the first kilometre, started the whole process again. It usually worked and if I lost count I could always pause at the end and check my watch.

On the other hand my son is training to swim the English Channel and his normal swim is 10 km. He does a great deal of that in open water, but often swims 10 km in a pool. My method wouldn't work for him but he's a very evenly-paced swimmer and I think he depends on elapsed time to count off his 200 laps.

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you have a son training to swim the English Channel? That's fascinating!
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This will be his third attempt. Once the weather comes up, NOBODY gets across. He covered about 20 km last time before the skipper told him he was going backwards and he had to pack it in.
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There are watches that you can buy that have a lap counter. I use one when jogging. You would have to hit a button every lap though, which might be trickier when swimming.

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have someone watch and count how many you do

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