It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the Olympics! Even non-sports fans are able to get excited about the games, which is remarkable because they’re only on for a limited number of weeks. And what’s better than the Olympics? The Olympics with swimming! It’s like Christmas every day for two weeks in July.
The swimming events are incredibly exciting to watch, but they can be tricky to understand. Are they all the same length? How deep is the pool? How do you keep your cool in the water?
In this blog post, we’ll answer all these questions and more regarding Olympic swimming. So dust off those sunglasses, pull up those skirts, and get ready to dip!
The Masks Are Necessary
Let’s start at the very beginning: before you can swim, you need to wear a mask. The mask protects you from water damage and also prevents you from being poisoned by food particles in the water. Once you’re wearing the mask, it’s time to dive in!
It’s important to note that the water in the pool is not intended for consumption. Swimming in the water is only safe when following the guidelines set by the International Swimming Federation. As a general rule, the water should be between 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit, it should be deep enough to cover your head, and it should be oxygen-free.
These three points make up the six essential guidelines for safe swimming that every swimmer should know. Unfortunately, not all swimmers know these rules, and it’s often the case that accidents happen because of it. Swimming in the wrong place with the wrong temperature is just one of the many safety-related issues that can arise. So knowing the rules can help you avoid many problems – both in and out of the water.
The Pool Is A Thermometer
The temperature of the water in the Olympic pool can vary, but it is always fairly constant. This means that if you jump in the pool and start swimming, you’ll be able to tell the temperature at any given moment. And, to make things even easier, most of the time, the temperature will be around the same level regardless of where you are in the pool.
As you might have guessed, the water temperature has a lot to do with how you perform in the pool. Simply put, the hotter the water, the faster you’ll be able to swim. Moreover, the temperature of the water is an indication of how you’re doing overall because it measures your body heat. So if you’re struggling to stay afloat, the heat might be getting to you.
The Length Of The Pool
When the Olympics were first invented, there were only two events: swimming and athletics. Over the years, other sports were added to the program, and now the swimming events take up almost half of the entire program. This is likely because the majority of people are naturally drawn to the water and find it easier to follow events that take place there. In contrast, most people don’t necessarily watch the track and field events that much since they don’t involve any sports that most people are familiar with.
But, even with the extra half-hour that the swimming events now occupy, the length of the pool will vary from event to event. For example, the 200-meter individual medley, which is one of the more popular events, lasts for only 22 seconds. In comparison, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay is a much longer event and takes around 4 minutes to complete. This means that the longer the pool is, the more time you’ll have to swim (provided you don’t pull a Greg Louganis and dive headfirst into the end).
Another important factor affecting your performance in the water is your body temperature. To put it simply, if you’re hot, you’ll be faster; conversely, if you’re cold, you’ll struggle to move around quickly enough to keep up with the other swimmers. Moreover, the water in the pool will maintain a relatively constant temperature no matter how fast you swim – that’s what makes it ideal for learning and training purposes. So, if you’re looking for a way to improve your performance, simply start swimming earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon so that you can gradually warm up or cool down as needed.
Depth Of The Pool
While all Olympic pools will be deeper than your average backyard pool, it’s important to note that the depth of the pool will vary from event to event. For example, the 100-meter backstroke is performed in shallow water, around two feet, while the 50-meter freestyle is much deeper, around five feet.
If you’re someone who enjoys swimming in deeper waters, you might want to consider looking up swim lessons in your area since most pools will only go up to about ten feet deep. Moreover, the shallower the better when it comes to the breaststroke, which is a type of swimming that’s especially useful for breaking a sweat. So, if you’re looking for a way to burn off some energy and get a nice, long workout, the shallower the pool, the better!
Even though they live in a completely different world, people still get shocked when they learn that humans cannot live without oxygen. This is why it’s important to know that the water in the Olympic pool is oxygen-free and that you cannot take a breath without a mask. The only time the mask comes off is when you’re in the shower or if you have something stuck in your throat (like a fishbone or corn pollen). Otherwise, with the oxygen-free water, you won’t be able to scream for help if you choke (which is good because you’d probably hurt yourself if you did).
Oxygen is also bad for your heart, so you don’t want to put yourself in that situation by taking a breath while swimming. And last but not least, if you have open wounds or scars on your face, it’s best to avoid touching the water in case some of the splashes come into contact with those areas. This will cause your skin to peel away and you could end up with more serious problems than just the occasional sunburn.
As you’ve probably guessed, wearing the right equipment is crucial for safe and comfortable swimming. The three points listed above are the basics that every swimmer should know, but it’s also important to know what type of stroke is ideal for you. For example, if you’re a fast swimmer who enjoys long, continuous strokes, the front crawl is a perfect match for your skills. In contrast, if you’re more of the kicking type, the breaststroke might be the ideal option for you. These three points make up the six essential guidelines for safe swimming that every swimmer should know.