Swimming is the most popular of the water sports because it is easily accessible and inexpensive. In several of the earliest stories of classical literature Austin Hooper Falcons Jersey , it's portrayed as a symbol of heroism and religion. The first known documentation of the various swimming methods is Nicolas Wynman's Dialogue Concerning the Art of Swimming, originally published in 1538. (Historians are still trying to figure out who he was having that dialogue with.)
With the development of swimming pools as we know them today, it became easier and safer for average people all over the world to learn to swim and master it. Swimming was made an Olympic event for the first time in 1896. The most publicized swimming events are the insanely ambitious attempts at swimming across the English Channel. It is a feat that requires strength, endurance - for both the distance and the notoriously frigid waters - and a lot of determination and courage.
The first man ever to swim across the English Channel was Matthew Webb of England who did so in 1875. In 1926, Gertrude Ederle from the United States became the first woman to cross the channel. From speed, to endurance, to form - the different styles of swimming are continuously evolving.
Snorkeling is a very thrilling water sport that involves viewing exotic fish and aquamarine life. It's like jumping into a painting where the views can range from extreme tranquility to paralyzing fright. Humans are definitely land mammals Deion Jones Falcons Jersey , and snorkeling is how we can enter a world that was not made for us. Long ago, snorkels were made out of hollow reeds.
After swimming, snorkeling is the next oldest water sport. There is a reference to it made by Pliny the Elder in first century Rome. Leonardo Da Vinci, the world-renowned painter and lesser-known inventor, created a more modern snorkel at the command of the Venetian senat. Da Vinci's snorkel was a tube attached to leather helmets used by divers. Most agreed that his invention was indeed better than a reed. Modern day snorkels are J shaped tubes, usually made of rubber, that open at one end and attach to a mouthpiece at the other end. The average length of the tube is 2 ft (61cm).