From relaxing poolside mid-afternoon to channeling your inner Michael Phelps in the water, we promise it won’t disappoint. So, as we raise our glasses to the start to a new pool season, here are ten random but very fun facts about pools and everything that comes along with them.
1. The bikini swimsuit was named after a U.S. nuclear testing site in the South Pacific called Bikini Atoll.
2. The most popular freestyle stroke is the crawl and it’s considered the fastest stroke.
3. An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
4. Swimming helps reduce stress.
5. Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs and works out all of the body’s major muscles.
6. The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke and became an Olympic event in 1896.
7. Swimming became an amateur sport in the late part of the nineteenth century.
8. Swim fins were actually invented by Benjamin Franklin.
9. The first woman to swim the English Channel is Gertrude Ederle, who was actually just a teenager at that time in 1926.
10. After World War I and the departure of the “Long John” style swimming suit, interest in competitive swimming grew, standards improved and training became essential.
With that, you now have all the knowledge you need to be your own personal pool expert. Book your stay or staycation with us today and then meet us poolside for a game of trivia, bite to eat or summer cocktail!