GREATER PENSACOLA AQUATIC CLUB

Competitive Swimming

Swimming is a unique sport.  Swim training groups mix ages and genders which is not typical of most sports.  It allows for socialization and team work with a wide variety of individuals.  Physically it differs in the obvious ways (uses every muscle in the body, takes place in water, etc) however some of those obvious ways leads to things of which we do not often think.  In most sports we are vertical while the majority of swimming is hortizontal, we have to plan our breathing, we work with gravity like most sports but we add in boyancy, eddy forces, surface tension, drag forces, thrust forces, and lift forces.

Swimming is a life skill like no other sport.  Unfortunately downing is a major cause of accidental death for children 14 and under.  Learning to swim well serves as a great preventative measure.  Once someone knows how to swim they can also safely enjoy many water related activities like jet boating, rafting, canoeing, parasailing, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling.   Learing to swim also leads to other sporting activities such as surfing, skiing, water polo, windsurfing, water aerobics, wakeboarking, water skiing, rowing, synchronized swimming, diving and the list goes on and on.

Swimming can also lead to several amazing jobs.  Lifeguards, pool managers, swim coaches, aquaculturists, aqarist, underwater welders, marine biologists, hydrologists, oceanographers, naval architects, swim lesson instructors, marine archaeologists, underwater photographers and commercial divers, etc all rely on theri knowledge and comfort with the water to be successful.