Triathlon Swim Distances
The swim distances for the various triathlon distances are below. You can also check out our triathlon training programs. If you’re looking for swim gear, check out our top swim goggles, top wetsuits, and top swimskins.
Sprint Distance Triathlon – Swim distances will vary. Usual distance will be ¼ mile or approximately 500 yards.
International Distance Triathlon – Swim distance will vary. Distance may range from ½ mile to 1.5k or 800-1700 yards.
Olympic Distance Triathlon – Swim distance is 1.5k or approximately 1700 yards.
Half Iron Distance Triathlon – Swim distance is 1.2 miles or approximately 2000 yards.
Iron Distance Triathlon – Swim distance is 2.4 miles or approximately 4000 yards.
Pool Miles, Yards, and Length Distances
The conversions are below for miles, yards, and lengths. You can also view our swim workouts here.
25 Yard pool (Short Course)
|25 yards (from wall to wall)||1 length||0.5 Lap|
|50 yards||2 lengths||1 Lap|
|100 yds||4 lengths||2 Laps|
|¼ mile (Sprint Distance)||about 500 yards||20 lengths||10 Laps|
|½ mile||about 800 yards||32 lengths||16 Laps|
|1 mile (Olympic Distance)||about 1700 yards||68 lengths||34 Laps|
|1.2 miles (Half Ironman Distance)||about 2000 yards||80 lengths||40 Laps|
|2.4 miles (Ironman Distance)||about 4000 yards||160 lengths||80 Laps|
50 Meter Pool (Olympic Size)
|50 meters (from wall to wall)||1 length|
|100 meters||2 lengths|
|¼ mile (Sprint Distance)||about 400 meters||8 lengths|
|½ mile||about 800 meters||16 lengths|
|1 mile (Olympic Distance)||about 1700 meters||30 lenghts|
|1.2 miles (Half Ironman Distance)||about 2000 meters||40 lengths|
|2.4 miles (Ironman Distance)||about 4000 meters||80 lengths|
How many laps in a pool is a mile?
One mile is 68 lengths of the pool, or 34 laps (there and back) in a 25 yard pool. In Olympic size pools (50 meters), one mile is around 30 lengths, or 15 laps.
How long is 1.2 miles swimming?
1.2 Miles is the length of the Half Ironman swim distance. In a 25 yard pool, 1.2 miles is around 2000 yards, or 80 lengths. In an Olympic size pool it’s around 40 lengths.