Swimming Facts


  • According to the CDC, swimming is the fourth most popular recreational activity in the United States
  • Swimming may strengthen your heart and lungs
  • Over 50% of world-class swimmers suffer from shoulder pain
  • The oldest form of stroke used is the breaststroke
  • Swimming first became an Olympic event in 1896
  • Porcupines float on water
  • Benjamin Franklin invented swim fins after trying to figure out a way to go faster in that water
  • The longest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile
  • The deepest swimming pool in the world is Y40, located in the small Italian town of Montegrotto Terme
  • Elephants can swim as many as 20 miles a day. These animals are known to use their trunks as snorkels
  • Kangaroos swim by moving their legs independently of each other. Ironically, something that they can’t do on land
  • Swimming became a part of the Olympic Games in 1896
  • Diving was introduced to the Olympics in 1904
  • Synchronized swimming was demonstrated in the 1952 Olympic Games; however, it didn’t become an official Olympic competition until the 1984 Games
  • Diving off of the 10 meter diving board is equivalent to diving off of a three story building

Staying Safe in Community Pools

This summer, many families will visit indoor and outdoor public pools during swimming season and year-round.

 Here are a few simple things to remember:

Staying Close

  • Is there a lifeguard at the pool or spa to watch children and adults?
  • Are you watching your own child or children when they’re in or around the water?
  • Are there water safety rules posted in a visible area for adults and children to review?
  • Is there sufficient staff to monitor the pool or spa when it’s in heavy use?
  • Is there a charged phone close by at all times

Learning and Practicing Safety Skills

  • Do you and your children know how to swim?
  • Is the staff trained and certified in first aid and emergency response?
  • Do you know how to perform CPR on children and adults? Are those skills updated regularly?
  • Do you understand the basics of life-saving, so you can assist in a pool emergency?