I like it when the pools are set up with 25-meter lengths. It’s easy to gut it through just one more length when they’re that short, and the 25-meater lengths give twice as many lanes as do the 50-meter length. Sure, with a circuit you can easily fit four people in a 50-meter lane, but, for us marginally-fit trying-to-get-in-shape swimmers, we’re not really consistent enough to kee pfrom running into each other, so it’s lane-splitting or bust.
So you’ve decreased pool capacity by 50%, plus you’ve made it much harder for said marginally-fit trying-to-get-in-shape swimmers. I’m used to pushing myself to do just one more length but there’s a big difference between just one more length and a complete lap. That means either resting more often than I’d prefer or half-drowning by the time I breathlessly make it to the end of the next lap, which in turn means resting even longer, which results in fewer total laps swam.
Plus, then, taking away 1/3 of the lanes for the masters swim — that’s just not cool. I had a choice to give up after about 3/8 mile or go and try to swim a circuit in a lane with four other winded, half-drowning wimps like me. Guess which I chose. Not that I’m bitter.