My earliest memory of swimming and indeed one of my favourite memories of my childhood is when I was about five or six years old, in our back garden swimming pool where my dad taught my brother and I how to swim. Ever since I have loved the water and have swam in primary and secondary school swimming competitions and it is most definitely my favourite sport. Swimming is essentially movement through water, usually without artificial assistance. Swimming is an activity that can be both useful for health purposes and recreationally for relaxation purposes.
History behind swimming - Swimming has been known since prehistoric times; the earliest record of swimming dates back to Stone Age paintings from around 7,000 years ago. Written references date from 2000 BC. Some of the earliest references to swimming include the Gilgamesh, the Iliad and the Bible (Ezekiel 47:5, Acts 27:42, Isaiah 25:11). [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_swimming].Recreational swimming is a good way to relax, while enjoying, or rather gaining the benefit of a full-body workout. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because the density of the human body is very similar to that of water, the water supports the body and less stress is therefore placed on joints and bones. Swimming is frequently used as an exercise for the elderly, during pregnancy for some women and in rehabilitation after injuries or for those with disabilities at the advice of their physician. Swimming is primarily an aerobic exercise and can improve posture and develop a strong lean physique, often called a "swimmer's build." [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_swimming].