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Swimming – A Great Water Sport

Swimming is a fun water sport. Lots of splashing, wading, and paddling, means a great day in the water. Whether you are at the beach, at a water park, by a lake, or in a pool, swimming as a water sport can be a real treat, especially on a hot day.

Swimming is enjoyable, whether it is in the ocean or at the local swimming pool. It is a great way to interact with family and friends while having a good time. However, you must keep a few things in mind in order to be smart and safe in water. Extra care must be taken when swimming in streams, lakes, or ponds. As you can't always see the bottom of these places, you don't always get to know the depth of the water.

Take swimming lessons if you are not too confident about your swimming, for they will help you develop the skills needed to swim safely, whether you are in the deep end of the pool or out in the ocean. Even if you are a proficient swimmer, you need to be careful, as even the best swimmers have been known to meet with accidents.

Some popular and well know strokes in swimming are:

Butterfly, where the swimmer brings both hands over their head close to the water, breathing forward
Backstroke is similar to the front crawl, except on your back, while kicking by alternating both feet, pulling each arm one at a time, and looking straight up.
Breaststroke is a stroke where the swimmer kicks legs out scoops the water in towards the chest with his or her hands
Freestyle s a not a defined stroke as the others are, as the swimmers are free to choose any stroke they wish.

Many people do not realize that swimming is a form of exercise too. Even if you are just jumping around or clowning with your friends, you are still exercising. Therefore, make sure you take a few minutes to stretch before you jump in the pool as a warm up. Simply walking around the pool to get used to the water is also a good warm up.

Swimming is one of the most popular recreational activities all over the world. Swimming is also a form of sport in several countries. Besides, the number of injuries associated with swimming is comparatively lesser than other sports. A lot of people frequently go to water parks, and lakes to enjoy swimming and other water sport activities.

Swimming improves the blood circulation in the body. It is a great workout for all the muscles, besides increasing strength and cardiovascular stamina. Moreover, it is also a great way to relax and rejuvenate. A lot many people swim regularly to control their weight and improve body contours. Considered as one of the greatest stress busters, many people, who have the resources, prefer to have a swimming pool in their house.

You will, come across many people who pursue swimming as a profession too. For example: lifeguards at swimming pools and beaches. Their job is to rescue people who are unable to swim or help those facing problems while swimming. Some expert swimmers take up the job of a swimming coach, teaching various swimming strokes and techniques to new swimmers.

Swimmers are advised to wear appropriate swimming costume to reduce friction and facilitate unobstructed swimming. One should always wear a swim cap to protest your hair and goggles to keep water and chlorine out of your eyes.

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