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Guinness World Records – Highest Shallow Dive – Danny Higginbottom (USA) dived into the regulated depth of 30 cm (11.8 inches) of water from a height of 8.95 m (29 feet 4.3 inches) on September 8, 2004.

Guinness World Records – Largest indoor wave pool is located at the West Edmonton Mall.

The world’s largest swimming pool is located in Toyahvale, Texas. The pool is spring-fed, covers 1.75 acres, has a year round temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, is 25 deep in places, and hold 3.5 million gallons of water. (source:

Swimming as an organized activity goes back as far as 2500 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Actual swimming pools were invented in the first century B.C. by the Romans. In Rome and Greece, swimming was part of the education of young boys. Many of the Roman pools were also heated using water diverted through piping from natural springs. The elaborate bathhouses built with marble and expensive gilding were very popular with the elite society but the majority of people continued to swim in lakes and rivers. These bathing pools were the precursors to modern day swimming pools. (

In Europe, many people refrained from building swimming pools due to the fear that infections could be caught from infected swimmers. Europeans formed their first swimming organization in 1837 in London, which by then had six indoor pools. The popularity of swimming pools did not begin to increase until after the first modern Olympic games in 1896. (

The international rules for swimming disciplines are laid down by FINA. What does FINA stand for? Federation Internationale de Natation. Federation Internationale de Natation ("International Swimming Federation") was founded in 1908, and is headquartered in Lausanne.(

The most popular freestyle stroke is the crawl, considered the fastest stroke.

An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.

Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs.

Swimming works out all of the body's major muscles.

Water's buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.

Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water's resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.

The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke.

The fastest and most efficient swim stroke is the crawl/freestyle.

The turbopump on the Space Shuttle main engine is powerful enough to drain an average-sized swimming pool in 25 seconds.

Most swimmers at the highest levels of competition train from four to five hours per day and five to seven days per week. They will typically swim about six to twelve miles per day along with weight training and flexibility training.

The Olympics are swum in a 50 meter pool or long course pool. Pools used by the NCAA and high school swimming programs can be 25 yards to 25 meters. These pools are called short course pools.

An Olympic size pool depending on its size (50 meters X 25 yards or meters) can hold from 700,000 to 850,000 gallons of water.

Competitive swimmers use the term fast pool when they are describing a pool that has a good gutter system on the sides. This system allows the water to flow out easily and doesn't allow waves to bounce back to the middle of the pool. The lane lines can also help control the waves and the deeper the pool is, the fewer waves hit the bottom and bounce back up to the surface. The lack of these waves provides less drag/ resistance for the swimmers, which gives them a faster time.

Florida is the only state with legislation on who can teach swimming. Life guards and swimming instructors must, by law, be certified.

As with any other type of exercise you need to stay hydrated while swimming and you need to drink water. Your core body temperature can rise as the activity increases. Your body also produces sweat as it does with other physical activity, but it is not as apparent since you are already wet.

Studies shown that the shark is fast in the water but not naturally hydrodynamic. The shark's quickness is attributed to V shaped ridges on its skin called dermal tentacles. These ridges decrease dray and turbulence around the shark's body, allowing more efficiency. The result of these studies has brought a brand new fabric to the market for competitive swim wear. Speedo has produced a fabric that emulates shark's skin. This fabric reduces drag and turbulence around the body, which helps a swimmer pass through the water more effectively. The suits made from the "Fast skin" fabric have only been on the market for a little while but are already changing the look of competitive swimming and its results.

The oldest form of stroke used is the breaststroke.

What is the stroke order for medley relay events? Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle. Not to be confused with the order for the individual medley, which is butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.(

Why was the Australian women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay team disqualified at the 2001 World Championships in Japan? Celebrating team members jumped into the water before all other competitors had finished. The Australian team comprised Elka Graham, Petria Thomas, Linda Mackenzie, and Giaan Rooney. Graham, Thomas and Mackenzie leaped into the water to celebrate when anchor leg swimmer Rooney touched in a winning time before all the other competitors had finished, and so were disqualified.(

During a 200m freestyle event, a swimmer touches with only one hand at each turn. Should the swimmer be disqualified? Some part of the swimmer must touch the wall upon completion of each length and at the finish.(

For what distance may a swimmer stay submerged after the start and each turn in a backstroke event? Not more than 15 metres. Some part of the swimmer must have broken the surface of the water by the 15 metre mark. This rule also applies to freestyle and butterfly, but does not apply to breaststroke.(

What colour are the lane ropes in a FINA specified pool for the Olympic Games? Green, blue and yellow. Lanes 0 and 9 have a green lane rope. Lanes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 have a blue lane rope. Lanes 4 and 5 have a yellow lane rope.(

Which strokes require a simultaneous two-handed touch at turns and at the finish? Butterfly and breaststroke. The touch for butterfly and breaststroke must be made with both hands simultaneously, above or below the water surface. The touch for backstroke and freestyle can be any part of the body.(

Who can disqualify a swimmer? The referee. Whilst the starter and the judges can report a swimmer for an infringement of the rules, only the referee can disqualify a swimmer.(

Which events must start with a dive? Freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, and individual medley. Backstroke and medley relay events must start in the water. All other events must start with a dive.(

What is AOE? Automatic Officiating Equipment. Automatic Officiating Equipment is the electronic timing system.(

In the 1948 Olympics, the U.S. won every event in the swimming competition. (USA Swimming)

The first man to swim the English Channel without a life jacket was Captain Matthew Webb, who died trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls. (Dishout)

Gertrude Ederle was still a teenager when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel on August 6, 1926. Not only did she swim the channel, but she broke the speed record held by a man. (Dishout)

Elephants are capable of swimming twenty miles a day, using their trunks as natural snorkles. (Snickers)

Kangaroos are great swimmers. (Kangaroo Facts)

The speed record for "ice" swimming was set by Wilhelm Simons of Berlin, Germany, on February 3, 1968. In the 35.6 degree water of the river Riessersee, Simons swam 30 mi. in 43.7 seconds. He was 69 years old. (Trivia Library)

The Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco, is the largest swimming pool in the world. It measures 1,574' long and 246' wide, or 8.9 acres in size. The Orthlieb is filled with saltwater. (Trivia Library)

Buster Crabbe, gold and bronze medallist in the 1932 Olympics, went on after his swimming career to appear in 175 movies. He signed with Paramount for his first film "King of The Jungle" in hopes of becoming a rival to Johnny Weissmuller in the movie industry. Weissmuller was a swimming Olympian who starred in 12 Tarzan pictures. (USA Swimming)

The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools. (Dishout)

Tuna swim at a steady speed of nine mph and they never stop. That means a 15-year-old tuna may have traveled 1,000,000 miles. (Issac Asimov's Book of Facts)

Swimming in the Olympics started as a men’s event only but women were able to participate starting in 1912. (Internet)

The first recorded swimming races were held in 36 B.C. in Japan. (Quizmoz)

In 1997, during the Clinton administration, an outdoor spa was installed next to the inground swimming pool. (

First Lady Barbara Bush used to swim in the outdoor heated pool even on cold winter days, and would sometimes come back to the White House with icicles in her hair. (

Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym. (Internet)

Esther Williams did not win any Olympic medals for swimming or for diving. The year she was to compete (1940) the Olympics were suspended due to WWII. (Dishout)

Benjamin Franklin invented swim-fins. (Strange Facts and Useless Information)

England was the first to develop swimming into a competitive sport. (Quizmoz)

The butterfly stroke is commonly said the be the hardest and most tiring swimming stroke. (Quizmoz)

The crawl is the swimming stroke normally used to gain speed the fastest. (Quizmoz)

Swimming has been included in the modern version of the Olympic games since its beginning in 1896. (Quizmoz)

In 1946 war rationing of material inspired the invention the two piece swimming suit called the bikini. The bikini was named after a U.S. nuclear testing site in the South Pacific. (Quizmoz)

Julius Caesar was was known to be a strong swimmer. (Quizmoz)

65% of the people that live in the United States do not know how to swim. (Quizmoz)

The first book on methods of swimming was Nicolas Wynman's Dialogue Concerning the Art of Swimming in 1538. (

Swimming calls more muscles into play with exact coordination than most other sports. (

The stroke most commonly used to attain speed is the crawl, standardized in Australia, hence sometimes called the Australian crawl. (

Inflatable armbands for swimmers were invented by Bernhard Markwitz in Hamburg, Germany. In 1956, Markwitz's three-year-old daughter had fallen into a goldfish pond and nearly drowned. Because of this, Markwitz invented and developed a swimming aid that would be safer for children than the swimming rings at the time, which were made of cork. A lottery win (253 thousand Deutsche Mark) gave him a suitable start capital. In 1964, Markwitz had developed the armbands in their final form and marketed them under the name "BEMA". Their modern name in German, Schwimmflügel, literally translates as "swimming wings". (Wikipedia).

Tracy Caulkins is the only swimmer ever, man or woman, to own American records in every stroke. (USA Swimming)

The turbo pump on the Space Shuttle main engine is so powerful it could drain an average family-sized swimming pool in 25 seconds. (Dishout)

What were the first goggles made of? Divers in the 1300’s made goggles from polished, clear tortoise shell. The first rubber goggles, which had heavy glass lenses, were invented in the 1930’s. (Quaker Instant Oatmeal)

In some volcanic areas such as Iceland, the temperature rises beneath the surface of the earth as high as 680 degrees F (360 degrees C) that engineers can tap the geothermal energy by piping hot water from underground to warm nearby homes, offices and factories. An outdoor swimming pool in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik is heated so effectively by this method that it remains open and in use all year round. Reader's Digest Book of Facts (Dishout)

President Gerald Ford was quite athletic and an avid swimmer. In 1975 an inground outdoor swimming pool was built on the White House grounds, near the tennis courts. President Ford tried to make swimming a daily habit, and even conducted press conferences while swimming laps in the pool. (

President Franklin D. Roosevelt had an indoor swimming pool built at the White House as therapy for his polio. President Nixon had it covered over to turn it into a press room. (

In the 1948 Olympics, the U.S. won every event in the swimming competition. (USA Swimming)

One of the most haunted sections of the ship the RMS Queen Mary is the former First Class Swimming Pool. (Internet)

The Japanese won all the men's titles except the 400-meter freestyle in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Buster Crabbe won the 400-meter free. (USA Swimming).

A blue whale's belly button is about 8 inches wide. (Animal Trivia)

Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 BCE.

The Deep Eddy Swimming Pool, built in 1915, is the oldest known concrete swimming pool and was built in Texas.

The first woman to swim the English Channel is Gertrude Ederle, who was actually just a teenager at that time in 1926.

After World War I and the departure of "Long John" style swimming costumes, interest in competitive swimming grew. Standards improved and training became essential.

Home swimming pools became popular in the USA after World War II and the publicity given to swimming sports by Hollywood films like Esther Williams Million Dollar Mermaid made a home pool a desirable status symbol.

Actress Esther Williams popularized synchronized swimming when she starred in movies known as "aqua musicals" produced by MGM in the forties and fifties. Aqua musicals were about synchronized swimming.

In 1956, the US National Swimming Pool Institute was founded. It was later renamed to the Association of Pool & hot tub Professionals, and now develops pool construction standards and provides training to pool builders and service technicians.

Synchronized swimming first appeared in the Olympics during the 1984 games.

The first swimming pool to go to sea on an ocean liner was installed on the White Star Line's Adriatic in 1907.

In the USA, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia clubhouse (1907) boasts one of the world's first modern above-ground swimming pools.

The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym.

Mark Spitz was the first Olympic swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad in the 1972 games.

The largest swimming pool ever built was reputedly created in Moscow after the Palace of Soviets remained uncompleted. The foundations were converted into an open air swimming pool after the process of de-Stalinisation after the fall of communism, Christ the Saviour Cathedral was re-built (it had originally been on the site) between 1995 and 2000.

In the 21st century, there seem to be many contenders for "the largest swimming pool on earth", reputedly at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; at Club Med Camarina, Sicily; Sunlite Pool, Coney Island, Cincinnati; and Garden City, Kansas with their 220 foot by 330 foot pool (67m x 100m) that holds 26,000,000 gallons (100 million litres) of water. A recent construction in Tokyo, Japan may top them all.

The recreational diving center Nemo 33 near Brussels, Belgium is home to the world's deepest swimming pool. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft).

The Fleishhacker Pool was the largest swimming pool in the United States. Opened on 23 April 1925, it measured 300 m by 45 m (1,000 ft by 150 ft) and was so large that the lifeguards required kayaks for patrol. It closed in 1971 due to low patronage.

According to the Guinness World Records the largest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has an area of 8 ha (19.77 acre), it was completed in December 2006.

The first filtration system for a swimming pool was introduced in 1910.

The first photo finish for a swimming competition was done in 1939.

The first swimmer to break the two minute barrier in the 200 meters was Don Schollander.


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We have over 40 years of combined experience in the care of swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. We've been servicing the Denver metro area since 1998 and we are proud to be an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.

Customer satisfaction is our goal and are committed to providing quality service in a timely manner. With our experience, we are confident that we can help assist you with your swimming pool, spa and hot tub needs.

Safety is a priority for us and our customers. We have several types of safety equipment and accessories along with instruction and how to properly use safety equipment for your swimming pool, spa and hot tub.

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