Swimming has been known since prehistoric times.
There are many different types: recreational swimming, for pleasure and to have fun; swimming for health, and competitive swimming.
The origin of swimming is clearly utilitarian, but over time the activity has acquired the sporting orientation that it currently enjoys.
This sport involves more muscles in its practice than any other, increasing stamina and muscle tone throughout the body.
Swimming formed part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens.
There are four swimming styles in competition: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
The aim of competitive swimming is to beat your opponents in speed and over distance.