Fun Facts About Swimming

by Pool Builders on 01-08-2013 in Articles

- The common term 'fast pool' doesn't refer to how quickly the swimmers are cutting through the water, but instead, describes a pool that has a good gutter system along its sides. A good gutter system allows excess water, like that created by diving, swimming, and splashing, to easily flow out. The gutters also decrease waves that bounce back to the middle of the pool. By taking out these factors, the gutters actually help reduce potential drag and resistance, and therefore allow swimmers to swim faster.

- Ever wondered just how much water you're swimming through in an Olympic sized pool? A typical 50m x 25m pool can hold anywhere between 700,000 and 850,000 gallons of water! That's over 7 million pounds of water!! Don't have 7 million pounds of water in your backyard to train? Yeah, neither do we. But, you can also try 'extending' your existing pool with the help of a stationary trainer. The AquaVee portable swim system easily assembles in most any size pool and keeps you in one place in order to help you work all your swimming skills.

- Water's natural resistance properties are over ten times that of air. This means that you have to work that much harder when exercising in the pool than exercising on dry land. Because of this property, swimming is a highly regarded and recommended cardiovascular exercise.

- It only takes an hour of intense swimming to burn off roughly 650 calories! One pound of fat is equally to 3500 calories. Swim 5 times a week, and you can lose up to one pound a week by exercise alone. Imagine being 50 pounds lighter by this time next year! Help keep track of the calories you burn in the water with the lightweight and easy to use Finis SwimSense Performance Monitor. It not only display how many calories burned, but also keeps track of distance swam, stroke count, stroke rate, and distance per stroke, as well as many other important swimming stats.

- Out of all the states, Florida is the only one with legislation on who can teach swimming. Both swimming instructors and lifeguards must be certified, by law. If you're in any of the other 49 states, it's best to know what you're doing before giving lessons in your own backyard. While hardly anything can replace years of ability and experience, the Finis "Water Proof Kids" Learn to Swim DVD is a great wealth of knowledge when teaching little ones to love the water.

- Sharks are actually helping Olympic level athletes swim faster. And it's not because swimmers are training to out swim them in open water! Instead, researchers have discovered that small, V-shape ridges on a shark's skin help it glide through the water with ease. Swim gear manufacturers, such as Speedo, have picked up on this information and are using it to create new, sleek and ultra fast swimwear. The fabric in Speedo's "Fastskin" suit mimics a shark's skin and helps to reduce drag and turbulence around the body.

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