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Interesting Swimming Facts!


Here's the lowdown on a few of our favourite interesting swimming facts...

    • The oldest swimming stroke is Breaststroke, which is also the slowest stroke swum at the Olympics
    • Over half of the top swimmers in the world suffer with shoulder pain
    • The Bikini got it’s name from Bikini Atoll – a nuclear test site in the South Pacific!
    • Elephants can swim up to 20 miles a day using their trunks to breathe through
    • In Egypt, there have been ancient drawings and paintings found that go back to 2500AD so humans have been swimming fot at least 10,000 years
    • The Olympics began as a mens only competition and in 1912 women were allowed to participate
    • The first cruise ship with a swimming pool was the Titanic
    • The first man to swim the English Channel was Captain Matthew Webb in 1875
    • August 6th 1926 - Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel and did it quicker than the fastest male
    • Swimming became an Olympic event in 1896
    • The tumble turn was invented by the American swimming coach Tex Armstrong who trained Adolph Keifer for the 1936 Olympics
    • Swimming works out all the body’s main muscles
    • The first diving board in England was at Highgate Ponds in 1893
    • About 65,000 people in the USA don’t know how to swim
    • More than 1 million micro creatures at swimming, feeding and reproducing behind your lips!
    • Benjamin Franklin invented swimming fins
    • Kangaroos are excellent swimmers
    • Synchronized swimming was not featured in the Olympics until 1984
    • The first swimming race recorded was in Japan
    • In the 1300’s the first swimming goggles were made from tortoise shells, the first rubber goggles were made in the 1930’s
    • ‘Piscine’ the French word for swimming pool, comes from the Latin Piscine which means fishpond
    • The most popular swimming stroke is Front Crawl
    • An Olympic size swimming pool can hold 700,000-850,000 gallons of water
    • On planet Earth there is 328million cubic miles of seawater which covers about 71% of the entire Earth’s surface


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