Swimming In Jamaica

Competitive swimming originated in Britain around 1830.  However, swimming has been around since ancient times.  

The objective is to swim the fastest in your event.  There are multiple events including the breathe stroke, butterfly, freestyle, and backstroke.  The most basic rules are stay in your lane, don't begin before the starting gun, and do the stroke's correctly.    

There can be up to 10 people swimming at one time.  one individual can compete in as many events as he/she wants to. An event doesn't end until every competitor in every heat is finished or disqualified.  Whoever has the fastest time in each event wins that event.  An Olympic size pool is 50 meters long, 25 meters wide, 2 meters deep, and each lane is 2.5 meters long.  

The basic strategy is to start quickly, turn around efficiently, and if it is a rely, to quickly change swimmers.  Swimming out of your lane, not touching the wall before turning and doing the stroke incorrectly all result in disqualification.  Swimmers wear light weight suits, goggles, and a cap.   

There are multiple leagues for swimming.  There are amateur leagues, PSA (professional swimming association), World Championships, and the Olympics.  The sport slowly evolved through the Olympics.  Swimming was originally a male only competition.  When underwater cameras were invented, stroke mechanics were improved.


Jamaica's national swimming complex.  


Michael Phelps


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Swimming in Jamaica

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