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# How many laps are required to swim a mile?

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Though the exact number of laps required to swim a mile varies based on the size of the pool, approximately 70.4 laps are necessary when swimming in a 25-meter pool. Swimmers using a 50-meter pool must complete 35.2 laps to swim a full mile.

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In swimming events, a mile event does not always equal a standard mile. Competitive athletes may consider both 1,650 meters and 1,650 yards equivalent to a mile event. A swimmer swimming 1,650 meters is actually swimming 5,413.39 feet, while an individual covering 1,650 yards is only swimming 4,950 feet. A standard mile is equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards.

Swimmers can quickly determine how many laps are required to cover a mile by dividing the length of the pool into 1,760. For example, a pool that measures 20 yards requires 88 laps, the quotient of 1,760 divided by 20.

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In an Olympic-size swimming pool that is 50 meters long, it takes just over 4.5 laps to swim 500 yards. One length of the pool is just over 54.68 yards. Two lengths of a pool equal a lap.

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A half mile in a pool is equals to 18 laps for a short course and nine laps for a long course. This is for a 50 meter long pool with a width of 25 yards.

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A good size for a lap pool is anywhere from 45 to 75 feet in length, 6 to 8 feet wide and a minimum of 3 1/2 feet deep. While nearly any pool can be used to swim laps, a lap pool is perfect for those who want to use it primarily for exercise.