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Underwater Swimming

Underwater swimming is a common event in the backyard pool or public pool, a challenging fun sport. This is a great way to have fun and expand your lung capacity. It makes you do a swimming stroke correctly, any performance difference becomes clearly visible. Find out about safety, breath holding, clothing and more.

Underwater swimming can refer to:


Olympic Sport in 1900

Underwater swimming once it made it to the greatest international sporting stage. The men's underwater swimming was an event in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, the only occasion such an event was held.

On 12 August 1900, some 14 swimmers from 4 nations competed. Held over a maximum of 60m, competitors were awarded 2 points for each meter swum, and one point for each second that they stayed under water.

It is not surprising that it was never seen again on the Olympic program considering the lack of appeal for spectators. Maybe now with underwater cameras it could make a comeback.

Underwater Swimming Practice

Keep it safe. Only do this under lifeguard supervision. Make sure your lifeguards know what you are doing and is ready to jump in immediately. Have lifeguards ready in the water and on poolside for immediate action.

Maybe you've seen these signs at some swimming pools:

No Prolonged
 Underwater Swimming 
or Breath Holding

Yet holding the breath underwater has been a common swimming pool game for years, and has been part of the training regime for competitive swimmers even before there were swimming pools.

Increase Swimming Performance

Video technology has evolved to allow swimmers to observe and correct their technique mistakes from an in-the-pool vantage point.

Tiny video cameras enclosed in water-tight plastic casing have become an important advantage to many swimming programs. They allow athletes to think about their strokes visually, instead of relying upon a coach's verbal interpretation.

Please Note:

Swimming underwater fully clothed uses up much more oxygen because of the extra exertion.