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Term Papers Cant find it here Try Collegiate Care Swimming History By DRS Swimming was invented before recorded history Humans discovered how to swim by accident A person probably fell into the water and struggled to shore using a dog-paddle stroke There was an Egyptian hieroglyph for swimming dating from 2500 BC The ancient Greeks and Romans made swimming an important part of their military training programs There have been known swimming contests that were organized in Japan as early as the 1st century BC During the Middle Ages in Europe swimming declined in popularity People felt that the water was contaminated and a source of disease Not everyone feared the water however Louis XI reportedly swam daily in the Seine During the early 19th century swimming enjoyed a revival especially in England Lord Byron swam the Dardanelles river to prove that the mythological hero Leander could have done it Organized competitive swimming began in England in the 1840s In 1844 the British were surprised when two American Indians demonstrated the efficiency of a method of swimming similar to the modern crawl The British still swam with the head above the water a holdover from the days when people believed that the water was contaminated An overhand stroke was introduced into England in 1873 by J Arthur Trudgen who had seen South American Indians using this method to swim really fast When the flutter kick was introduced the modern Australian crawl was born and this stroke has since become the most common and most important swimming stroke FITNESS COMPONENTS To swim well u need to know how to coordinate your arms and legs to get you through the water At first you will probably need to have lessons Also to swim u need agility and just gravity Swimming also requires balance and quickness in some cases Not much is needed to know if you want to swim
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