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* Stone Age swimming drawings were found near Sura, in the southwestern part of Egypt. Written references date back up to 2000 B.C.

* First swimming book was written in 1538 by Nicolas Wynman, German professor of languages.

* Competitive swimming started around 1800 in Europe.

* Swimming was part of the first modern Summer Olympics games in Athens in 1896.

* At the Summer Olympic Games, swimming is a popular event, where male and female athletes compete in 13 of the recognized events each.

* The world swimming association Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) was formed in 1908.




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