The rules of competitive swimming are comprehensive and vary by region, organization and level of competition. The scope of most sets of rules for competitive swimming is to keep athletes and participants safe and to provide a fair and accessible competitive environment.Continue Reading
International, national and regional rules vary to some degree, but the rules of swimming fall into three major categories. There are rules pertaining to the technical execution of individual competitive strokes such as butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle and their corresponding starts, turns, and finishes, and events such as individual medleys and relays. Rules also govern proper and safe behavior for athletes and coaches during competition and practice, and other rules govern the physical environment of appropriate competition or training spaces.
Complete rulebooks and rule handbooks for USA Swimming rules as well as by-laws and financial regulations governing member swim clubs are available on the USA Swimming website under the tab "Rules and Regulations" on the "About" page. Complete lists and explanations of rules governing international swimming competition are available on the FINA website under the tab "Rules." Swimming rules for local or regional leagues both within the United States and throughout the rest of the world are available through local or regional authorities or resources.Learn more about Swimming
Although it is not known exactly where swimming originated, it has been around since the Stone Age, as the activity was depicted on cave dwellings of the era. Swimming is also mentioned in works related to Greek mythology.Full Answer >
One lap in an Olympic-size swimming pool corresponds to about 108 yards. According to the Federation International de Natacion or FINA, the standard length for an Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 meters, or about 54 yards.Full Answer >
To find a local public swimming pool, use pool locators like the ones found at iSport Swimming and Swimmers Guide. Both of these websites are free to use and require nothing more than a location.Full Answer >
The stuff that forms on the water line of a swimming pool could be calcium deposits, algae buildup or residue from contaminants such as sunscreens and lotions. Calcium scale appears as a white, rough or chalky substance. Algae feels slippery to the touch and often appears as a green or brownish film. Contaminants can leave brown, oily or grimy residue along the waterline.Full Answer >