Swimmers at SwimMAC Carolina, a nonprofit organization where world record holders and Olympians train, are using LumaLanes(tm), a system of computer-controlled pacing lights that, when placed at the pool bottom, show the swimmers their ideal pace.
Endorsed by David Marsh, the head coach, CEO and executive director at SwimMAC, the technology behind LumaLanes was developed and tested at the University at Buffalo more than 15 years ago.
The upgraded technology has been designed to be completely mobile. It includes LED, or light-emitting diode, strips that can be rolled out at the beginning of practice and rolled up at the end. Compatible with the Apple and Android operating systems, the system is controlled via smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Each lane can have up to 10 swimmers, each with their own pace color, and up to eight lanes can be connected together, with each lane running at different intervals. The training sets can be created and stored in advance of practice, and they can be created and modified during practice and stored for later use.