Monday, January 12, 2009

Let's Go Swimming!

This past weekend was Charlotte's first swim lesson. (1/10/2009) This mostly consisted of getting her used to the water. She did very well although close to the end she was beat. This class was held at the Gahanna YMCA. If you are looking for a good starter for your baby this class is worth it and it just started come join us!

Did you know? Humans do not swim instinctively, but nonetheless feel attracted to water. Example: 54% of Americans live on the coast.

After doing some research I found out (according to a Gallup Poll) that 39 % of adults said they are afraid to put their heads under water! 62% feared deep, open water. Wow. This is actually a very funny number considering ocean waters cover nearly 71% of Earth's surface. Both Nicole and I come from a competitive swimming family, I can promise you that our girls will know how to swim at minimum for safety.

According to Wiki: Swimming has been known since prehistoric times; the earliest record of swimming dates back to Stone Age paintings from around 7,000 years ago. In 1538, Nikolaus Wynmann, a German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book, The Swimmer or A Dialogue on the Art of Swimming. Competitive swimming in Europe started around 1800, mostly using breaststroke. In 1873 John Arthur Trudgen introduced the trudgen to Western swimming competitions, after copying the front crawl used by Native Americans. Due to a British disregard for splashing, Trudgen employed a scissor kick instead of the front crawl's flutter kick. Swimming was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 in Athens. Butterfly was developed in the 1930s and was at first a variant of breaststroke, until it was accepted as a separate style in 1952.

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