HINTS TO SWIMMERS. A few "don’ts” to swimmers, some of which are well known, but which will nevertheless stand repetition are given by ‘'Splash” in The Dominion. In the first place don’t overdo. Remember, swimming is hard work—the most severe exercise known with the probable exception of wrestling. The .swimmer, especially if a beginner, is sure to put forth immensely more force than he needs. And, even if a trained swimmer, there is always a tendency to do too much. In moderation swimming is a superb exercise for developing strength and endurance,. In excess, however, swimming is the most exhausting of all exercises.
Twenty minutes at a time of steady swimming-—hall an hour at the most —is enough for the most robust athlete, while for any one who is not a robust athlete, much less than twenty minutes should be the rule. Another precaution which the swimmer should bear in mind is ; “Do not go too far out.” This caution is especially applicable to good swimmers. There is an .adage to the effect that it is always the best swimmers that are drowned. And there is a truth in this, as there is in most adages. To one who swims well the temptation to leave the shore to far behind is always present. To the good swimmer the motion is easy and pleasant, the body seems light, and the water seems firm in its power to support him. Thus he swims farther and farther from the shore. But every stroke depletes his strength ; the water, so much cooler than his' body, attracts from it the heat so essential to his life. Finally, on attempting to regain the shore, he finds- perhaps that he cannot possibly reach it. One more piece of advice ; “Do not enter the water within two hours after a meal.” Much illness, indigestion, and occasionally fatal cramp have been the result of going into the water while, the stomach contained an undigested or partially digested meal. Another good rule is never to go out of your depth until you are quite sure 1 of your ability to swim.
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Aquatic., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907
Aquatic. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907
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