1. Free divers can hold their breath for more than 10 minutes
Most people can only hold their breath for a few seconds.However,people with proper training can hang on for at least two minutes.Then you have free divers,who can hold their breath for up to 10 minutes.The world record for breath for up to 10 minutes.The world record for breath-holding is 24 minutes and 3 seconds,which is currently held by Spanish free diver Aleix Segura Vandrell.
2.There is enough water in Olympic-sized pools to take 9400 baths
Olympic pools hold 660,000 gallons of water,where bathtubs can only hold 70 gallons.That’s a lot of baths.
3.Swimmers can flex their toes to the ground
In order for swimmers to propel their bodies through the water,they must have good flexibility in their feet and ankles,which is why see a lot pointed toes in swimming competitions.This allows a smooth surface to be created for water to rush by,reducing drag.
4.Swimmers sweat in the pool
Based on an Australian study,it was found that on average swimmers lost about 125 ml of sweat for every kilometer ran.However,you more than likely won’t be aware of it because you are in the water.
5.Most of the united states population cannot swim
A 2014 survey taken by the American Red Cross revealed that more than half of Americans cannot swim.Fifty-six percent of Americans can perform five basic swimming skills;33% of African Americans reported knowing the five core swimming skills; and men are more likely to report they know the five basic swimming skills than women are.
6.The first swimming goggles were made from tortoise shells
The first recorded version of swimming goggles was during the 14th century in Persia.It was not until the 1930 s when rubber goggles were created.
7.Women were not allowed to compete in Olympics untill 1912
Swimming became an Olympic sport in 1908,but women were not allowed to participate until 1912.Australian swimmer,Fanny Durack,became the first women to win a gold medal in the 100-yard freestyle in the same year.
8.Shaving isn’t just for removing hair
Shaving is a common theme among swimmers,as it helps increase performance.Studies suggest that shaving makes the skin more sensitive in the water.This allows swimmers to “feel the water” better so they can make adjustments to their technique.
9.Children can take swim lessons as early as two months.
Parents begin swim lessons with kids as early as two months.In 2009,drowning risks reduced by 88% when children between the ages of one and four participated in formal swimming lessons.
10.Swimmers use every major muscle in their bodies.
Some people question whether swimming is a real sport;but did you know it’s one of the most intense sports out there? The reason is because swimming is a full body exercise.