14 Fun Facts About Swimming History

  1. The Greeks did not include swimming in the ancient Olympic Games, but did practice the sport, often building swimming pools as part of their baths.
  2. One common insult in Greece was to say about somebody that he or she neither knew how to run nor swim.

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  1. In Japan, swimming was one of the noble skills of the Samurai.
  2. Swimming was initially one of the seven agilities of knights during the Middle Ages, including swimming with armor.
  3. In 1538, Nikolaus Wynmann, a German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book, A Dialogue on the Art of Swimming.
  4. The most passionate nation in the world for their swimming is Australia. In fact, walk down any beach in Australia or stroll into any shop and you can easily strike up a conversation about the sport, its stars, even its politics – just as one would do in England over soccer (football) or in American over American football.
  5. Many historians believe the “crawl” stroke was actually first done by the American Indians, and later copied by the colonists.
  6. The first heated pools started showing up in 1930 -The first topless male swimsuits were worn in the US in 1935.
  7. The first bikini was invented in Paris in 1946.
  8. Mark Spitz won seven Olympic Gold Medals at the Olympics in 1972, raising greatly the popularity of the sport.
  9. From 1989-2001 Baywatch airs on TV.
  10. During the 80s and 90s, fiberglass pools start to gain in popularity, exploding by the year 2005.
  11. Currently there are over 10 million swimming pools worldwide.
  12. Out of this 10 million, over 800(above grounds and in grounds combined) were built by River Pools and Spas.