1k Times

Swimming Standards By Age And Ability

What is a good 1k time?

A good 1k time is 19:50. This is the average 1k time across all ages and genders.

Male 1k Swimming Times

A good 1k time for a man is 19:12. This is the average 1k time across men of all ages.

Average 1k swim time by age and ability

Age Beginner Novice Intermediate Advanced Elite
10 36:32 29:07 22:58 18:06 14:26
15 31:37 25:12 19:52 15:40 12:29
20 30:33 24:21 19:12 15:08 12:04
25 30:33 24:21 19:12 15:08 12:04
30 30:35 24:22 19:13 15:09 12:05
35 31:04 24:46 19:32 15:24 12:16
40 32:09 25:38 20:12 15:56 12:42
45 33:22 26:35 20:58 16:32 13:11
50 34:40 27:38 21:47 17:11 13:42
55 36:05 28:45 22:41 17:53 14:15
60 37:37 29:59 23:38 18:38 14:51
65 39:17 31:19 24:41 19:28 15:31
70 41:15 32:53 25:56 20:27 16:18
75 44:19 35:20 27:51 21:58 17:31
80 49:03 39:06 30:50 24:19 19:23
85 56:28 45:01 35:30 27:59 22:18
90 01:08:48 54:51 43:15 34:06 27:11
Age Beginner Novice Intermediate Advanced Elite
10 03:39.2 02:54.7 02:17.8 01:48.6 01:26.6
15 03:09.7 02:31.2 01:59.2 01:34.0 01:14.9
20 03:03.3 02:26.1 01:55.2 01:30.8 01:12.4
25 03:03.3 02:26.1 01:55.2 01:30.8 01:12.4
30 03:03.5 02:26.2 01:55.3 01:30.9 01:12.5
35 03:06.4 02:28.6 01:57.2 01:32.4 01:13.6
40 03:12.9 02:33.8 02:01.2 01:35.6 01:16.2
45 03:20.2 02:39.5 02:05.8 01:39.2 01:19.1
50 03:28.0 02:45.8 02:10.7 01:43.1 01:22.2
55 03:36.5 02:52.5 02:16.1 01:47.3 01:25.5
60 03:45.7 02:59.9 02:21.8 01:51.8 01:29.1
65 03:55.7 03:07.9 02:28.1 01:56.8 01:33.1
70 04:07.5 03:17.3 02:35.6 02:02.7 01:37.8
75 04:25.9 03:32.0 02:47.1 02:11.8 01:45.1
80 04:54.3 03:54.6 03:05.0 02:25.9 01:56.3
85 05:38.8 04:30.1 03:33.0 02:47.9 02:13.8
90 06:52.8 05:29.1 04:19.5 03:24.6 02:43.1
Age Beginner Novice Intermediate Advanced Elite
10 03:20.4 02:39.8 02:06.0 01:39.3 01:19.2
15 02:53.5 02:18.3 01:49.0 01:26.0 01:08.5
20 02:47.6 02:13.6 01:45.3 01:23.1 01:06.2
25 02:47.6 02:13.6 01:45.3 01:23.1 01:06.2
30 02:47.7 02:13.7 01:45.4 01:23.1 01:06.3
35 02:50.5 02:15.9 01:47.1 01:24.5 01:07.3
40 02:56.4 02:20.6 01:50.9 01:27.4 01:09.7
45 03:03.0 02:25.9 01:55.0 01:30.7 01:12.3
50 03:10.2 02:31.6 01:59.5 01:34.3 01:15.1
55 03:17.9 02:37.8 02:04.4 01:38.1 01:18.2
60 03:26.3 02:44.5 02:09.7 01:42.3 01:21.5
65 03:35.5 02:51.8 02:15.4 01:46.8 01:25.1
70 03:46.3 03:00.4 02:22.2 01:52.2 01:29.4
75 04:03.2 03:13.8 02:32.8 02:00.5 01:36.1
80 04:29.1 03:34.5 02:49.2 02:13.4 01:46.3
85 05:09.8 04:07.0 03:14.7 02:33.5 02:02.4
90 06:17.5 05:00.9 03:57.3 03:07.1 02:29.1

Female 1k Swimming Times

A good 1k time for a woman is 20:41. This is the average 1k time across women of all ages.

Average 1k swim time by age and ability

Age Beginner Novice Intermediate Advanced Elite
10 36:38 29:56 24:13 19:35 16:00
15 32:53 26:52 21:44 17:35 14:22
20 31:18 25:34 20:41 16:44 13:41
25 31:18 25:34 20:41 16:44 13:41
30 31:18 25:34 20:41 16:44 13:41
35 31:30 25:44 20:50 16:51 13:46
40 32:10 26:16 21:15 17:12 14:03
45 33:18 27:13 22:01 17:49 14:33
50 35:02 28:37 23:09 18:44 15:18
55 37:02 30:16 24:29 19:49 16:11
60 39:18 32:06 25:58 21:01 17:10
65 41:51 34:11 27:40 22:23 18:17
70 44:45 36:34 29:35 23:56 19:33
75 48:06 39:17 31:47 25:43 21:01
80 52:04 42:32 34:25 27:50 22:45
85 58:37 47:53 38:45 31:21 25:37
90 01:10:39 57:43 46:42 37:47 30:52
Age Beginner Novice Intermediate Advanced Elite
10 03:39.8 02:59.6 02:25.3 01:57.5 01:36.0
15 03:17.3 02:41.2 02:10.4 01:45.5 01:26.2
20 03:07.8 02:33.4 02:04.1 01:40.4 01:22.1
25 03:07.8 02:33.4 02:04.1 01:40.4 01:22.1
30 03:07.8 02:33.4 02:04.1 01:40.4 01:22.1
35 03:09.0 02:34.4 02:05.0 01:41.1 01:22.6
40 03:13.0 02:37.6 02:07.5 01:43.2 01:24.3
45 03:19.8 02:43.3 02:12.1 01:46.9 01:27.3
50 03:30.2 02:51.7 02:18.9 01:52.4 01:31.8
55 03:42.2 03:01.6 02:26.9 01:58.9 01:37.1
60 03:55.8 03:12.6 02:35.8 02:06.1 01:43.0
65 04:11.1 03:25.1 02:46.0 02:14.3 01:49.7
70 04:28.5 03:39.4 02:57.5 02:23.6 01:57.3
75 04:48.6 03:55.7 03:10.7 02:34.3 02:06.1
80 05:12.4 04:15.2 03:26.5 02:47.0 02:16.5
85 05:51.7 04:47.3 03:52.5 03:08.1 02:33.7
90 07:03.9 05:46.3 04:40.2 03:46.7 03:05.2
Age Beginner Novice Intermediate Advanced Elite
10 03:21.0 02:44.2 02:12.8 01:47.5 01:27.8
15 03:00.4 02:27.4 01:59.2 01:36.5 01:18.8
20 02:51.7 02:20.3 01:53.5 01:31.8 01:15.0
25 02:51.7 02:20.3 01:53.5 01:31.8 01:15.0
30 02:51.7 02:20.3 01:53.5 01:31.8 01:15.0
35 02:52.9 02:21.2 01:54.3 01:32.4 01:15.5
40 02:56.4 02:24.1 01:56.6 01:34.4 01:17.1
45 03:02.7 02:29.3 02:00.8 01:37.7 01:19.8
50 03:12.2 02:37.0 02:07.0 01:42.8 01:24.0
55 03:23.2 02:46.0 02:14.3 01:48.7 01:28.8
60 03:35.6 02:56.1 02:22.5 01:55.3 01:34.2
65 03:49.6 03:07.6 02:31.8 02:02.8 01:40.3
70 04:05.5 03:20.6 02:42.3 02:11.3 01:47.3
75 04:23.9 03:35.6 02:54.4 02:21.1 01:55.3
80 04:45.6 03:53.3 03:08.8 02:32.7 02:04.8
85 05:21.6 04:22.7 03:32.6 02:52.0 02:20.5
90 06:27.6 05:16.6 04:16.2 03:27.3 02:49.3

What do the swimming abilities mean?

Beginner Faster than 5% of swimmers. A beginner swimmer has started swimming and has swum for at least a month.
Novice Faster than 20% of swimmers. A novice swimmer has swum regularly for at least six months.
Intermediate Faster than 50% of swimmers. An intermediate swimmer has swum regularly for at least two years.
Advanced Faster than 80% of swimmers. An advanced swimmer has swum for over five years.
Elite Faster than 95% of swimmers. An elite swimmer has dedicated over five years to become competitive at swimming.

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