Swimming

History

Swimming is the self-propelling of an individual through water, usually for recreation, sport, exercise or survival purposes. Movement is achieved through coordinated limb and/or body movement. Humans can hold their breath underwater and learn basic swimming within just a few weeks of being born.

Swimming is one of the leading leisure activities and in some countries swimming lessons are a compulsory part of the curriculum. As an official sport, swimming is included in a series of local, national and international events, including the Summer Olympic Games, which take place every four years. Swimming has been appreciated as a means of physical exercise and leisure since antiquity. Ancient Greeks were especially familiar with the art of swimming, as evidenced by the 1600 BC amphorae and murals that have been excavated. Breaststroke and freestyle swimmers are depicted on a silver “rhyton” of this era from Mycenae. In the Odyssey, Homer pays tribute to Odysseus’ swimming skills when he managed to swim to the Island of the Phaeacians after his ship sank.

The first swimming clubs were created in Great Britain in 1837, where the first swimming competitions also began. Swimming is present in all the Olympic Games.

Swimming is the leading sport in Cyprus, after football.  The number of swimmers registered with the Nautical Clubs across Cyprus exceeds 1,500. The Limassol Nautical Club is one of the founding members of the Cyprus Swimming Federation. It counts a number of successes, as well as many championships, national records and international achievements.

The successful participation of 5 of its swimming athletes in the Olympic Games is a massive honour for the LNC, and a verification of the professional, methodical and successful programme it has been following over the years.

Competitions
Competitions take place in 25 or 50 metre pools. The Olympic Games programme includes 26 individual swimming events and 6 relays, for men and women, in a 50m pool. The individual swimming sports are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley which, along with the relays (freestyle and medley relay), are the swimming styles included in the official competition programme.

Another 3 sports are used in most of the big tournaments: 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.
Freestyle: Competitions: 50 – 100 – 200 – 400 – 800 & 1,500m/ Backstroke: Competitions: 100 – 200m/ Breaststroke: Competitions: 100 – 200m/ Butterfly: Competitions: 100 – 200m

Individual medley
Competitions: 200 – 400m
In the individual medley, the athlete competes in equal distances, employing all swimming styles. This sport combines technique, speed and stamina. The order in which they are used is: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

Freestyle: Competitions: freestyle 4X100m, medley relay 4X200m and freestyle 4X200m.

Swimwear: The athletes wear a swimsuit, swim cap and goggles to protect their eyes and improve underwater vision. They must also have a pull buoy, kickboard and swim fins.

Training Locations and hours

Limassol Olympic Swimming Pool 50M

Training Hours: 14.30 – 20.00

Tsirion Swimming Pool 25M

Training Hours: 16.00 – 19.30 / 17.00 – 19.30

For more information you can contact the Limassol Nautical Club Secretariat at + 357 25318181