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             Its is the art of self-movement in water by use of hands and/or feet. Swimming is viewed as a sport or as recreation. Storks and techniques must be learned by humans, as it does not come instinctively. Different strokes and body positions have been developed to enable swimming. More in-depth strokes and movements have evolved for competitive swimming. Swimming basically can take place in any body of water with the capacity to allow free movement and is not to cold, hot, and too turbulent. Currents and tides can make swimming dangerous especially for beginners with little experience. Swimming must be taken serious as it can result in death specifically drowning.
             Swimming is also a valuable tool outside competition and recreation. Knowing how to swim can me survival in emergencies. Swimming can also aid in physical therapy and is a general exercise. Many muscles in the body are utilized. .
             Swimming has become a popular thing since its origin. Many recreation centers contain pools as well as residential owners for private use. .
             The competitive side. Swimming is a worldwide sport that can vary in range of talent, age, etc. A "race,"" is classified by the stoke being used and the distance the swimmer has to swim. The opposite sex does not usually race each other and the age range can be limited.
             Different types of races. The relay race. The relay race usually is made up of four swimmers who race in turn. Their combined time determines who is the winner. In a medley race all four types of competition strokes (crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) must be used. When there is an individual medley race equal distance will be swum for each stroke. When the medley is in the form of a relay a team of four swimmers swim each doing a different stroke.
             Different rules and criteria are applied to different scenarios. An example is national meet compared to an international meet. In an international meet the length of a race can range from 50 meters to 1500 meters.

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