Swimming history and things you should know!

When did humans first start swimming?

Swimming history and things you should know!

Swimming is a sport with a very long history. Swimming is widely loved, suitable for all ages and all bodies, all conditions. Swimming originated and developed from Western countries and has become one of the most popular sports in the world today. Let’s begin to swim into its history through the following article!

The appearance of the sport of swimming

Swimming dates back to the prehistoric period about 7,000 years ago through paintings from the Stone Age. Swimming started to take part in Europe around 1800 and the most popular is frog swimming. Swimming officially participated in the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

By 1902, swimming was popular in the West with the front-crawl introduced by Richard Cavill. World Swimming Federation (FINA) was officially established in 1908. By 1930, butterfly swimming was popular and considered as a variant of breaststroke, later confirmed as an independent swimming style in 1952.

Swimming became an official sport at the 1896 Olympics and was only available to men. Athletes competed in the 100m and 1,500m Freedom content. After that, more content was added, including frog swimming, backstroke, butterfly swim, and personal mix. It was not until 1912 that swimming was reserved for women. There are currently 16 races held for men and women, a total of 32 races, in each Summer Olympic Games. The Special Olympics also have 22 swimming categories for men and women, 44 in total.

Olympic history of swimming

Olympic history of swimming

The popular form of swimming in the world

Swimming sports in tournaments at the Olympic Games and the World Swimming Championships include four parts: sports swimming, water polo, diving and artistic swimming. The four sections are entirely four independent exams. In addition, swimming forms are also extremely diverse, including sports swimming, mass swimming, practical swimming and specialty swimming.

Sports swimming

Sports swimming is swimming in a modern form used in tournaments at domestic and international Gymnastics and Sports. Sports swimming has many swimming lessons named after the animal by imitating that animal. For example, the type of swimming frog, butterfly swimming, … Or swimming lessons are named based on swimming posture, such as backstroke swimming, swimming stride, …

Swimming developed together with swimming sports is also extremely rich. The athletic swim competition has combined all four styles of swimming including individual mixed swim and mixed relay swim, officially becoming competitions.

Practical swimming

Practical swimming has only a relative distinction from sports swimming. Therefore, practical swimming includes swimming lessons in the form of sports swimming. Practical swimming includes standing swimming, frog swimming, backstroke swimming, armed swimming, river swimming, drowning techniques, …

Practical swimming is the form of swimming in service of daily life, labor, production, and military.

Mass swimming

Mass swimming has the purpose of enhancing physical strength, health, enriching spiritual life such as relaxing swimming, water games, swimming and losing weight, … Swimming masses develop around the world and become more into the element that makes up Sports Swimming.

Swimming does not require high technology, fast speed, so it is increasingly popular. This type of swimming is rapidly developing and becoming an important part of modern swimming.

Special swimming

Special swimming is a special form of swimming for the military or some competitions that require swimming skills in favor of endurance, setting a record for time and length.

In addition, special swimming is also for speed diving, allowing both men and women with professional swimming equipment such as diving jars, propellers, swimming goggles, …

Swimming equipment

Swimming is an activity that is done entirely in water with movement of the whole body. Therefore, the body becomes extremely sensitive under the water and prone to diseases of the eyes, ear, nose, and throat. According to my swimming experience, to protect the body safely when swimming, you need to fully equip essential swimming equipment such as swimming caps, swimming goggles or swim floats, … especially important for children.

Swimming equipment

Swimming equipment

Through the above article, I think you understand something about swimming history and its applications, right? Come on, now take a few laps to relax!


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