> Where can one purchase a lap counter? - I'm not sure this is the correct term.
> I'm looking for a device which is set at one end of the pool, and is touched
> at the end of each lap, so the amount of laps completed can be counted.
> Any help in locating a source for this item (if it's still made) will be
> greatly appreciated.
My problem with this approach would be that the little smart-alec
kids at the pool would probably punch a few extra laps in just to
help me along...
Speedo makes a thingy that you wear on your index finger, it is
basically a waterproof counter that counts one every time you punch
it with your thumb (unless you hit the wrong button and reset the
count). There's a picture somewhere on the net, I forget where, DJ
sells it for 30 bucks (but no picture). see http://www.djsports.com/
and click on Accessories, then ELECTRONICS, it's the Speedo Count I
Speedo also makes a more sophisticated thing that you wear on your
wrist, it counts strokes by measuring some electrical characteristic
of the medium and deciding when your arm is out of the water
(assuming you are swimming the crawl) and gives you all kinds of
stats about your progress. see
<http://www.all-americanaquatics.com/equip.html> for a picture of
This whole discussion went past about 3 weeks ago, you might check
DejaNews. What I had to add was this:
I find my needs for lap counting are met perfectly with a simple
necklace I made. It's a piece of heavy string, tied into a loop at
one end with a bowline not a slipknot; it goes around my neck. The
other end gets tucked into the front of my trunks. On this string
I have 30 little plastic beads held captive between two knots. The
length of string between these two knots is divided in half by a
smaller knot which the beads just slip over, with a little force.
I start by sliding them all up above the little center knot, then
as I complete a lap I find the line of beads with my hand, run
down it to the end where the little knot is, force one bead down
over the knot. I wondered if I would be fumbling for this, but it
doesn't seem to be very hard in practice, usually takes about a
second. The string of beads stay right in front of my chest and
Every fifth bead is a bright color and larger, the rest are smaller
and black so I can see my count at a glance or even by feel. So
far it works like a charm... well, it sort of looks like a charm
too, but I just use it to count laps. I find that remembering to
move one bead down is not too hard, it has just become a habitual
part of my turn.