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A safe place to dive is from the diving board.


Swimming is the movement through water using the arms and legs. Swimming is not only fun but is a very important skill and could save yours or someone else's life one day. There are many types of swimming styles such as backstroke, front crawl and even the butterfly stroke.

If you really enjoy swimming, you might want to swim the English Channel when you are older. The first person to successfully swim the Channel was Captain Matthew Webb in 1875, despite being stung by jellyfish. It took him over 21 hours. The fastest crossing took place in 2012 by an Australian, Trent Grimsey, who took only 6 hours and 55 minutes. Perhaps in a few years, your name will be added to the records!

This quiz tests your knowledge of swimming and keeping safe around water.

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Which of these is the safest place to swim?
Local river
Icy pond
Local swimming pool
There are lifeguards present and no hidden dangers or currents
If you can’t swim which part of the pool should you stay in?
You shouldn’t go in the pool
The deep end
The shallow end
The middle
The shallow end is the safest
What do the numbers around the pool tell you?
The age you are allowed to swim
The date
They don’t mean anything
The depth of the water
The deep end is the deepest part of the pool
How should you enter the pool safely?
Run and jump in
Climb down the steps
Dive in from the side
Cartwheel into the pool
You might think it's fun to jump in, but you could land on another swimmer and hurt them
Which of the following is NOT a swimming stroke?
Side step
Front crawl
Back crawl
Which is your favourite swimming stroke?
What is the best method of getting out of the pool?
Climb up the side
Stand on someone else
Use the steps and handrail
Jump out of the shallow end
That's what they are there for!
When sculling, what equipment should you be using?
Poolside brush
A football
Swimming cap
Sculling will improve your swimming skills
When you go swimming it is best not to go alone. Why?
It is more fun with friends
If you get into trouble others can get help
Others will help you keep warm
It is more expensive alone
If you are alone there would be no one to raise the alarm if you got into difficulties
What must you never do around the edge of the pool?
You could slip as the edge of the pool is wet
Which is a safe place to dive?
Into the sea
From the side of the pool
From the diving board
In the shallow part of the pool
Diving boards can be very high!


Author:  Amanda Swift

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