As far as mysteries of the universe go, “Why do our fingers get pruney when they’re wet?” isn’t exactly the most pressing. It is, however, among the most persistent and just plain weird.
Not so NSFW as it sounds, as the video quality is quite low. Via guyism
Plans are afoot to build an 800x12m swimming pool in the Dotonbori Canal in Osaka, Japan, according to a report in the Japan Times on Wednesday.
The scheme is reminiscent of YN Studio’s plan to introduce a commuter swimming lane, dubbed the LidoLine, into London’s Regent’s Canal. The idea is to drop a 12 m (40 ft) wide tank into the canal, and fill it with treated water from the city’s water systems rather than using filtered water from the canal.
Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental deaths in children – yet many schools in the county are not booking swimming lessons for their pupils.
It has led to criticism from the Amateur Swimming Association.
In an interview with the Derby Telegraph, Jon Glenn, head of youth and community at the ASA, said it was vital schools taught children how to swim.
He said: “The research shows 48% of 7-11 year olds in Derbyshire cannot swim 25 metres unaided. It’s shocking, quite frankly.
“Excellence,” New Zealand Swimming’s new high-performance boss said of his philosophy towards the sport.
“It is just about being the best you can be every day. Training hard, facing challenges as much as you can – and don’t be worried about failing in the challenge. Be prepared to face the next one.”
New Zealand’s team of 14 swimmers are off to the world championships in Barcelona on June 8, the first major assignment since Villanueva replaced Jan Cameron as overseer of the high-performance programme.
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The SEAL wearable swim monitor and drowning detection system offers an extra layer of protection by creating a virtual safety network between swimmers, guards, and parents by wirelessly connecting wearable swimmer and guard/parent bands through a compact, portable monitoring hub. Each swimmer band continually reports the swimmer’s status to both the central hub and to the guard/parent band, and each band contains a unique electronic signature so many swimmers can be simultaneously monitored.
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Swim coach Rick Curl says to his victim: “Every day of my life has been spent thinking and feeling awful about my behavior.” See ABC7
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Our national flag “Merkið” (the Mark) looking good among blue friends at the FINA 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy.
Justin tells the story of Pascal, a boy who absolutely loves the water and grew up on a boat in Tropical North Queensland, as he revisits the Great Barrier Reef.
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Olympic medalist Federica Pellegrini says her romance with fellow swimming sensation Filippo Magnini is over. “We are very disappointed to announce that our love affair is over,” Pellegrini, who won Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008, said in an interview Thursday with ANSA.
Reports of trouble between the pair had been circulating for years. Speaking from France, where both are training for the world championships in Barcelona in August, Pellegrini said that she and Magnini will continue to train together.
“Sometimes it’s just that the feeling fades,” she said. “We will continue our journey in professional sports, focusing only on that”.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) introduces the International Selection Committee’s Class of 2013. The ten individuals inducted were: Swimmers GARY HALL, JR. (USA), PIETER VAN DEN HOOGENBAND (NED), YANA KLOCHKOVA (UKR) and DAGMAR HASE (GER); Diver HU JIA (CHN); Synchronized Swimmer NATHALIE SCHNEYDER (USA); Water Polo Player MILIVOJ BEBIC (YUG, CRO); Open Water Swimmer CLIFF LUMSDON (CAN); Coach ALBERTO CASTAGNETTI (ITA) and in the Contributor category, PETER MONTGOMERY (AUS).
The class of 2013 was formally inducted at the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s 49th Annual Induction Ceremonies on Saturday, May 11th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA).
“SPLASH” is the Westside Family YMCA’s free water safety program for fourth graders attending local Title I LAUSD schools. During these lessons students develop or improve swimming skills, learn about water safety, and emphasize the importance of character, honesty, respect and responsibility.
All participants emerge from the program with skills to help them be safe in an aquatic environment.
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The co-founder of a prominent Northern Virginia swim club was sentenced Thursday to serve seven years in prison for sexually abusing a student.
Rick Curl pleaded guilty back in February to abusing Kelley Currin 30 years ago. Currin was a swimmer at the Curl-Burke Swim Club, which Curl co-founded.
Curl was sentenced to 15 years, with all but seven of those suspended, and must complete five years of probation and alcohol treatment. He must also register as a sex offender.