As the title suggests, a thread about a particularly important topic ! This is light-hearted and I realise entirely trivial, but it's also something that has been playing on my mind! For those of you who go swimming: what etiquette (if any!) do you follow in choosing which lane to swim in? I'm imagining pools which have lanes with some indication of speed ('slow', 'medium', 'fast' are most normal, some have 'very slow' or 'very fast' as well) on them. When there are empty lanes which fit the speed you'd judge yourself as swimming at, I think it's very clearly expected that you use those. But what do people do in the following two scenarios?: 1. You enter a pool where there are much faster swimmers than you in the medium-speed lanes, slower swimmers in the slow lanes, and empty fast lanes? 2. You enter a pool where there are much slower swimmers than you in the medium-speed lanes, faster swimmers in the fast lanes, and empty slow lanes? Interested to hear your thoughts!