Who’s Getting In? 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

Who’s Getting In? 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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Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

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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Photo Courtesy: Tyler Clary

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

Photo Courtesy: Arizona Republic-USA TODAY Sports

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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Photo Courtesy: Annie Grevers

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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Ellie Thompson you are #3

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6 years ago

I am definitely the Classic Diver.

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sara
6 years ago
Reply to  Ann Goodman

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

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6 years ago

Shaquile Vaotuua man this couldn’t be more true ?

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6 years ago

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

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I’m last in..always have been, always will be

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6 years ago

I think I have one of each each day

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6 years ago

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

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Reply to  Ellie Thompson

I’m gonna miss you so much next year Ellie! Friday mornings will never be the same

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6 years ago

#3

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6 years ago
Reply to  Jack Nuanes

#1 all the way when it comes to pools. 😉

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6 years ago

OdaNjordHalvorJoakimØyvind

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6 years ago

Belly Flopper

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6 years ago

Vidar e 2 og Oda e 4?

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6 years ago

Eg har gjort all de, til og med “The Dabster”

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6 years ago

Eg e og 6

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6 years ago

Oda Borgstrøm du e offeret

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6 years ago

Richard Perez, im most def #12 ?

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6 years ago

Nicholas Pirie

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6 years ago
Reply to  Jessica Evans

Haha

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6 years ago

Renee Hosking

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6 years ago

Janek Cloes

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6 years ago

Julian Garcia

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6 years ago

Cillian Tierney

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6 years ago

Ik ben 6&12 jullie 7 ? Stefan Kwant Patrick Graver

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6 years ago

Nou?

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6 years ago

Ha ha Julie Claire Dart a bet you have seen all of these!

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6 years ago
Reply to  Karen Higgison

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

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6 years ago

I love swimming

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6 years ago

Meaghan Colleen Stephanie

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6 years ago

Usually the talker…. or the pushed because I was talking….

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6 years ago

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

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6 years ago

Adam Jackson, are we #1, #8, #12?

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6 years ago

And number 11… 🙂

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6 years ago

#3, without a doubt. My kid is a belly flopper though ?

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6 years ago

Kayla Gurney they need to add the dancer lol

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6 years ago

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

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6 years ago
Reply to  Conor Sheahan

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

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6 years ago

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

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6 years ago
Reply to  Mark Gorissen

ahhahahahaah true

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6 years ago

Ioannis για πες ποιος είσαι..

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6 years ago
Reply to  Nikos Ioannou

5. The Belly Flopper that’s who I am

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6 years ago

First in… Just get it done;)

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6 years ago

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

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6 years ago
Reply to  Laura Boerdam

ik denk dat je gelijk hebt ❤

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6 years ago

Desiree Marie Milar or dance before you get in

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6 years ago

Javier Yael Ramos Croda eres el 10 y 11 ??

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Reply to  Paola Cano

Jajajaja jamás me había identificado tanto con algo ????

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6 years ago
Reply to  Paola Cano

Jajaja ya seee??

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6 years ago

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6 years ago
Reply to  Nino Sieling

Jazeker!!

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6 years ago
Reply to  Nino Sieling

Ik ben 5 en 11

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6 years ago
Reply to  Nino Sieling

Oh jij doet dat expres…

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6 years ago
Reply to  Nino Sieling

Maar welke dan he??!??

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6 years ago
Reply to  Nino Sieling

Nino is 7

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Steve Justice
1 year ago

For my college morning workouts I was usually still asleep standing at the end of the pool and the coach would push me in. My first memory of the day was hitting the water; didn’t remember getting up, dressing, and walking to the pool. It helped that my roommate was a swimmer also.

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