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Top 10 Home Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines, Residential Pool Owners Should Follow

Residential Swimming Pool Safety TipsMany people who have home swimming pools underestimate the risks that can be related to the home pools. Due to the fact that many people do not follow basic safety rules, around 330 people drown in home swimming pools (according to National Safety Council).

In many cases people leave their children without attention when they swim in the home swimming pools, as they believe that nothing can happen there. Unfortunately, it has been proven that this is not the case.

Drowning (not only in the swimming pools) is considered to be the second cause of death of children aged 1-19.

In order to avoid any accidents below a few basic safety tips are presented that owners of home swimming pools need to follow.

Ensure the safety of your family members by following these basic 10 rules.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #1:

You need to secure your swimming pool with appropriate barriers. If your child does not know how to swim he/she can accidentally fall into the swimming pool. This is especially the case when you have children under the age of 3.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #2:

If your children are outside, check on them regularly to make sure that none of them has fallen into the pool.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #3:

In case someone from your family or friends present at the house, does not know how to swim or is not very good at it, never leave him/her without attention. Keep an eye mainly on children, but never forget about adults as well.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #4:

Buy several swimming rings or safety life vests and put them next to the swimming pool. In case you are not at home and your children decide to swim at least they will think of using some additional equipment for their own safety.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #5:

Pay attention to the quality of water. When swimming someone might swallow small portion of water, so it is required to make sure that the water used in the pool is not dangerous for health.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #6:

If your pool is not very deep, avoid diving headfirst. If you dive into water with high speed, you might not be able to control the situation and might hurt your head.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #7:

Always keep a first aid kit next to the pool. You need to be ready for any emergency situation; so having a first aid kit next to the home swimming pool will never be meaningless.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #8:

Make sure that all of your family members know how to swim. Teach your children to swim from a very young age and practice swimming with other family members if they are not very good at it.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #9:

Teach the younger family members not to swim without supervision of an adult. You can follow the Red Cross’s suggestions about how to teach your children the safety measures.

Home Swimming Pool Safety Rule #10:

Keep a phone next to the pool and teach your family members (mainly the children) to call 911 in case of unexpected emergency and if there is no adult around.

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Swimming Safety Tips

Top 5 Swimming Safety Tips Every Swimmer Should Follow

Drowning in the swimming pool causes death of a few hundreds of people every year.

The National Safety Council reports that on average, 900 people drown in swimming pools. The number of people that drown in seas, oceans, etc. is incomparably higher; it reaches several thousands.

In order to avoid fatal cases it is important to know the safety rules that need to be followed in the sea, river or swimming pool.

If your child is going to a pool without an adult, make sure to teach him/ her basic safety tips to avoid any accidents.

In case you go to the sea, teach your children not to swim alone, or do not trust your child’s life to another child, no matter how good they swim.

Do not run in the area:

When you go the swimming pool, you need to take into account that there is a high chance that the floor will be wet. You need to walk slowly in order not fall on the wet floor.

If there are children with you, he/she might get excited when seeing the water and decide to run to the swimming pool. Do not let them do it.

On the other hand if you go to the sea the beach might be full of stones that can hurt you or your child, so be attentive.

Pay attention to the signs:

In many swimming pools you can see different caution signs, for instance “wet floor”. Do not pass it without reading. If you see a sign near the ocean or sea, it might inform you about possible dangers, like sharks or unsuitable weather conditions or something else that can speak about unsafe swimming.

Be carefully when you get in and out of the pool:

Even if you are professional swimmer make use of the handrails (if available). When you get in or out of the sea/ocean be attentive; the waves might go wild just in a second. Never underestimate the water.

If you are not a good swimmer, try to swim in the places where you have lifeguards, so in case of emergency they can help you out.

In case you are with kids who cannot swim use swimming rings or similar equipment to ensure safety of your child. You can use one for yourself as well.

Sports that require good swimming ability:

If you want to try out a water sport but you are not a good swimmer, check with the specialist if you are advised to do it or not. He/she might suggest extra safety equipment to help you do the sports you want, or the opposite – he/she might suggest not doing it at all, as it can be very dangerous for your life.

Finally, make sure that you do not swim when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No matter whether you are a professional swimmer or not, you are under the danger of losing control when in the water. Keep the basic rules for ensuring your safety!

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Learn to Swim

Learn To Swim – What You Need To Know As A Beginner Swimmer

If you have finally decided to learn how to swim, first of all you need to understand whether you want to learn it on your own or your want to take classes with a qualified coach.

The best way, of course, is to train with a specialist, as there are many minor things that the coach can teach you, while if you learning on your own, you will miss very important details and the effectiveness will not be as high as when learning with a professional.

When you decide to learn how swim, for the first time you need to judge your abilities fairly.

Do you need a instructor?

First of all, if you are afraid of water or if you have had some incidents related to the water, inform your trainer in advance. This will give the instructor a better idea on how to teach you swimming.

If you are afraid of entering the water you can make use of life jackets or kicks for the first few lessons (until you get used to being in the water).

You need to keep in mind that no matter how old you are you should not be ashamed of wearing a swimming vest or rings or making use of kicks or other equipment. Everyone started to learn how to swim more or less the same way.

Some new learners are afraid of putting their face into the water. This is mainly coming from the fact that they do not know how breathe under the water. First learn how to breathe, this is the main challenge that you need to overcome.

Once you know how to breathe correctly, the rest is simple. When your lower part of the neck is in the water and you are relaxed – you will be able to keep your body in the water.

Remember that the water takes care of 80-90% of your weight; you only have to deal with the rest.

Training Videos can be Helpful

Learn SwimmingYou can watch some videos, read some tips, but when in the water, you will forget about it and will let the water do its job. Once in the water, forget about all fears, after a month or so you will look back and be surprised how you could have thought it to be scary.

As an adult you need to realize that the instructor knows how teach – you need to fully trust your instructor, If you are afraid of drowning, but your instructor ensures you that you can confidently do whatever he/she told you, do not hesitate, your coach has your back.

If you took your child to swimming lessons, teach him/her not to go to the deep parts of the pool without the instructor.

You need some Swimming Equipment

Learn SwimmingAs a beginner you also need to know what equipment you need to have – a swimming suit, a swimming cap, swimming goggles, comfortable shoes for wearing outside the pool, and in case you feel the special need, then get ear and nose plugs as well (though coaches do not really advise wearing a nose plug since it becomes more difficult to control your breath).

It is also advisable to learn how to keep your swimming suit after using it and how to take proper care of your hair, skin and eyes to avoid any damage caused by chlorine present in the majority of swimming pools.

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Swimming Quotes

50 Swimming Quotes – Funny, Inspirational & Motivational

Inspirational and motivational saying or quotes from the experts in a particular game is golden words that are said by experts with exceptional qualities.

Swimming is no exception to that rule, there are so many great swimmers around the world have said golden words that not only motivate the new and old swimmers but also they are shared and used for fun and entertainment.

There are times when, even a well know players, get tired and fell like get out of the swimming pool, needs some enthusiasm and energy to complete their training! An inspirational quote plays that role in motivating a swimmer!

Here is a list of 50+ swimming quotes to fire you up for your next practice. Enjoy these swimming quotes and get going in water with fresh energy.

1.

Summer is a great time to visit art museums, which offer the refreshing rinse of swimming pools – only instead of cool water, you immerse yourself in art.Jerry Saltz

2.

I want people to see the passion I have for swimming and become more involved in the sport.Ryan Lochte

3.

My preference is swimming in the sea. I find the sea is more liberating, wild and good fun rather than plodding up and down a pool.Jo Brand

4.

Enjoy swimming for swimming’s sake. We have to spend far too much time in the water to not enjoy the process challenging yourself of moving through the water.Jeff Rouse

5.

The water is your friend…..you don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.Alexander Popov

6.

In most sports they have a physical effect on your performance, in swimming only psychological. If you worry about what your rival is doing, you take your mind off what you are doing and so fail to concentrate on your performance.

7.

I can’t control what everyone else swims but if all goes well I know there are no limits.Leisel Jones

8.

Mainly, I like to have fun. Swimming is all about having fun, and I am firm believer that you should keep swimming as long as you are having fun, but I can say that it becomes much more fun as you get older and learn more about the sport, life, and especially more about yourself”.Scott Goldblatt

9.

I was so surprised. Then again, I was so relaxed in the water, it felt amazing.Pieter van den Hoogenband

10.

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. – I can’t really do the running on hard ground that I used to do. Instead I go swimming as often as possible.

11.

I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.Amanda Beard

12.

I try and just relax and reflect on all the work I’ve done in the past season. That’s one of the most important things, remembering your goals and how to swim your races. It’s also important to get your mind off racing before you race sometimes.Ian Crocker

13.

I like to get in my own world. When I’m getting ready for a meet, I always have headphones on, listening to rap music to get myself fired up.Michael Phelps

14.

It’s easy to forget when you’re an elite athlete that everyone else gets nervous as well. Even the best people in the world, at whatever they do, they’re still nervous.Leisel Jones

15.

I won’t predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.Michael Phelps

16.

I am not going to allow myself not to perform well just because I don’t feel well. I am bulletproof to the extent that a lot of things can be thrown at me, but it’s about how much I am prepared to let them affect me.Ian Thorpe

17.

For myself, losing is not coming second. It’s getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I’ve been in.Ian Thorpe

18.

I’ve always been fortunate in that I’ve been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I’m lucky to be that way.Michael Phelps

19.

Swimming is a confusing sport, because sometimes you do it for fun, and other times you do it to not die. And when I’m swimming, sometimes I’m not sure which one it is.Demetri Martin

20.

I’m really quite exhausted at the moment, but you never know, you are always surprised at what you can find sometimes, and maybe I will find something deep within to find the desire to swim fast.Leisel Jones

21.

I enjoyed every bit of my swimming career. I think that’s the most important advice — to enjoy what you do.Summer Sanders

22.

I know I’ve made huge gains in my confidence, and knowing more about my racing and myself as a person. That has made me a better athlete.Libby Lenton

23.

If you’re not on your ‘A’ game in our workouts every day, you’re going to get absolutely smoked.Michael Phelps

24.

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.Benjamin Franklin

25.

Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort, nobody can judge effort. Because effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else.Ray Lewis

26.

Believe in yourself, not only in swimming, but in life itself. You always have to have fun. You have to have an open mind. If you’re not enjoying it, don’t do it. Life’s too short.Debbie Meyer

27.

A huge part of swimming for me is I love it, and it is so much fun.Missy Franklin

28.

Tonight was not about winning, it was about focusing on myself and what I was aiming to do. It’s the reason why I was able to swim so well.Libby Lenton

29.

It’s unbelievable I’m swimming so fast. I went in with no expectations. I just went out hoping to get a personal best. I went out there with a smile, just to have fun and see what would happen.Jade Edmistone

30.

I’ve just been enjoying the training a bit more. I’ve put too much pressure on myself in the past. Just relax and let it come. I just went out there to have a bit of fun tonight.Sophie Edington

31.

Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home.Michael Phelps

32.

I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve.Xavier Cugat

33.

She had a strange feeling in the pit of her stomach, like when you’re swimming and you want to put your feet down on something solid, but the water’s deeper than you think and there’s nothing there.Julia Gregson

34.

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.Woodrow Wilson

35.

Water was something he loved, something he respected. He understood its beauty and its dangers. He talked about swimming as if it were a way of life.Benjamin Alire Saenz

36.

The Darkling just stared out into the waves. I considered shoving him over the railing. Sure, he was hundreds of years old, but could he swim.Leigh Bardugo

37.

When you truly sing, you sing yourself free. When you truly dance, you dance yourself free. When you walk in the mountains or swim in the sea, again, you set yourself free.Jay Woodman

38.

The water doesn’t know how old you are.Dara Torres

39.

He wondered what kind of life it would be, having to keep swimming all the time to stay exactly in the same place. Pretty similar to his own, he decided.Terry Pratchett

40.

Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.Amit Ray

41.

Dreams do come true…never stop believing.Josh Davis

42.

We jumped into water so clear and warm that it was like jumping from air to air. The sand rose up under us and we floated to where it met the sea and walked out of the water like creatures in an act of evolution.Elisabeth Eaves

43.

There’s an old adage: the sensation of drowning reminds you of everything you ever knew about swimming.Frederick Weisel

44.

Our wings serve as flippers that carry us across the ocean; not in the sky! Why, us penguins have so much fun time in the water, we don’t even want to fly.Jasmine Jean

45.

Into the day as by dream I swim. To the music of nourished meaning.Dejan Stojanovic

46.

A dream without an action is like a fish without gills. It can’t survive.IsraelmoreAyivor

47.

People who swim very well in troubled waters are respected and celebrated than those who swim excellently in calm waters.IsraelmoreAyivor

48.

If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it’s a disappointment. But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I’m going to be happy.Michael Phelps

49.

It’s about winning at the Olympic Games, it’s about trying to win. The motto is faster, higher, stronger, not fastest, highest, strongest. Sometimes it’s the trying that matters.Bronte Barratt

50.

I always thought, it would be neat to make the Olympic team.Michael Phelps
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Competitive Swimming

What is Competitive Swimming and History of Competitive Swimming

Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the governing body of the international competitive swimming. According to FINA, competitive swimming has started hundreds of years ago, but it was fits recorded in 19th century.

Competitive swimming has become one of the most demanded sports during the last decades. Men and women compete in order to record faster time in the swimming pool.

It was Great Britain that first developed competitive swimming as a real sport and started to organize different competitions during 1837. Already in 1896 it was one of the Olympic sports (it was intended only for men, for 100 or 1500 meters freestyle).

Nowadays this sport is widely spread among men, women and children. There are 4 strokes available in competitive swimming – freestyle, backstrokes, butterfly and breaststroke. Medley – is the combination of all 4 styles.

Freestyle stroke allows the swimmer to choose any stroke. While there are hardly any limitations, but the most commonly used stroke is the crawl. During the crawl the swimmer’s arms are stroked over the surface combined with flutter kicks up and down.

The second type of stroke, backstroke, includes motion of the arms and at the same time with a flutter kick (the athlete is on his back). When the swimmer reaches the end of the pool, he/ she can rotate to the stomach in order to turn around and continue the race.

The third type, probably the most beautiful one, is the butterfly style. While implementing dolphin kick, the arms are simultaneously moved over the water. The legs of the swimmer are kept together. When the swimmer turns or reaches the finish both hands should touch the wall at the same time.

The last stroke, breaststroke, reminds of a frog. The arms are moved simultaneously on the same plane (horizontal) while the hands are pressed from breast to front (the action takes place both on the surface of water or under the surface). Like in butterfly style, in breaststroke, the swimmer should also touch the wall with both hands when turning or finishing the race.

During the competition the participants are mainly divided into competing groups based on their age and achievements. For younger participants – the groups are mainly consisting of children aged up to 10 years old (or 8 in some cases), 11-12, 13-14, etc. up to 18. The senior events, as a rule, do not follow the similar logic.

The group competitions also consider age and achievements of group members. The sportsmen are competing in long (50m pool) or short (25m pool) courses. The difference here is that participants can power up more in the short courses as they reach the wall more often.

The distance varies a lot: it can be 50m, 100m, 200m, or even 800/1600 meters for freestyle (women/men). For each stroke special rules have been prepared in order to ensure the fair and equitable conditions for all the participants. This is also done for the promotion of uniformity within the swimmers.

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