12 Types of Swimmers Entering the Pool for Warmup

Apr 16, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Michael Phelps jumps into the practice pool as he prepares for the Men's 100 meter butterfly final during the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports
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12 Types of Swimmers Entering the Pool for Warmup

By Temarie Tomley

Swimmers are sometimes known for their distinct ways of entering the pool. Each person has a favorite way to start off practice. Here are 12 of the most common ways that swimmers love to hit the water.

1. The Classic Diver

They are normal – they come to the pool and get it done, no questions asked and no funny business. They see the practice and they do it. Done.

2. The First In


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This is the go-getter. This person doesn’t get cold, loves warmup, and can’t wait to do the practice. They love swimming and show it by being the first splash in the pool every day.

3. The Pencil Jumper

The safety first swimmer; they believe that the cold shock shouldn’t hit head first, and should be inflicted upon the body part with the least feeling (the feet) first.

4. The Incher

This person goes in a little at a time – they would rather torture themselves slowly rather than face the shock of hitting the water all in one go. They’re very cautious when it comes to the cold pool and would rather be in a hot tub. They usually end up getting splashed on their way in, so they might as well just jump in.

5. The Belly Flopper


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The fun swimmer – can’t just get in normally, they’ve got to make a splash. It’s going to be cold either way, so they think they might as well make it fun and add some pain too. Maybe it’ll get their mind off the cold because their neck and stomach will be hurting so much they won’t even think about the cold water.

6. The Pushed

This poor person – they usually hesitate to get in right on the edge of the pool and become an easy target to their teammates. At least they don’t think about it and they get into the pool quickly.

7. The Pusher

The cruel person. They see opportunities and seize them. How can they not push someone in when they’re right there?


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8. The Run Diver

They need some extra motivation when getting into the pool, so they run full speed to the pool so that there’s no time to reconsider their actions. They are a bull going in the water – there’s no stopping them.

9. The Flag Toucher

They always have to be striving for something, so might as well jump for the flags. Everything is a game to them, including getting into the pool.

10. The Walker

Apr 15, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps walks to the pool for a practice session at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Skyline Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

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This person can’t fathom getting in until they know one lap is over with, which they walk. Once at the other side of the pool, everything seems easier to them – and it’s harder for the coach to yell at them from across the pool.

11. The Talker


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This is the person that talks to the coach for five minutes before practice – both good and annoying. They sneakily get out of warm up while also distracting the coach from yelling at other teammates to get in.

12. The Last In

This is the person that just “can’t even” the cold water. They are usually either still asleep or they dread practice so much there’s nothing that will get them into that pool.

Everyone’s been one of these types of swimmers at some point in their swimming careers…which are you?


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      Me too, in out get it done, bring on the races.

  1. Ellie Thompson

    Haha Mitchell Overcash Cooper it’s too much impact on my head to dive in for every practice. The blocks are too high

  2. Robyne Chabant

    I love swimming… and I have to get in at the stairs… No reflection at all about how I feel about my training, which i take seriously, I just have bad knees

    • Katelin Lambert

      It legit describes every swimmer I’ve ever known in this whole article ?

    • Julie Claire Dart

      ??? yes Karen Higgison seen all of these and probably been a few myself ??

  3. Nino Sieling

    Luuk Nijland Cheyenne Van de Port Celine Schoenmaker Anoeska Van de Kraats Kevin Eltink Justus Ykema Toon Koudijs Jeroen Dellebeke Ruben Koek Jurre Stammes Storm Willemsen Eviroos van den Ham Lindi Bos Jarno van Lagen hier hebben wij er wel een paar van …. ?

  4. Laura Boerdam

    Aniek Scholten Maureen Aanstoot ik denk dat jullie nummer 12 zijn ?

  5. Conor Sheahan

    They forgot the “no thanks I’ll wait” Matt Coward Cillian Colvin

    • Matt Coward

      I’m pretty sure I am 9 out of 13 there. 13 being *no thanks I’ll wait*

  6. Mark Gorissen

    McKenzie Kelly number two.. Always want do be the first.. En i am just number 11 or 12 hahaha

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