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Old 08-03-2010, 12:54 PM   #16
Pär Larsson
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

Originally Posted by Casey Raiford View Post

The swim was the third event from the last, performed slick. It was fairly light for the practiced swimmers but it crushed the non-swimmers.
And THAT's what we need in the Games next year. We need something that opens Crossfitters' eyes to having to be proficient or at least passable in a short swim if they want to claim to be "Fittest On Earth".

We don't need to be long-distance swimmers. We don't need to be triathletes (cycling is not an essential life skill, and isn't very "Paleo" or "caveman" style - which is sort of how I envision GPP).

But a few otherwise very fit people getting crushed by a VERY SIMPLE SKILL that a large part of the worlds population knows how to do - would do wonders for getting the average CFer to get their butt in the pool and learn if they don't already know. I don't think there's a need or a very practical way to get the average gym to incorporate this - it's just something that the elite people looking at Regionals and the Games need to realize could or better yet WILL HAPPEN to them. WFS:

In Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia and Finland, the curriculum for the fifth grade (fourth grade in Estonia) states that all children should learn how to swim as well as how to handle emergencies near water. Most commonly, children are expected to be able to swim 200 metres (660 ft) – of which at least 50 metres (160 ft) on their back – after first falling into deep water and getting their head under water. Even though about 95 percent of Swedish school children know how to swim, drowning remains the third most common cause of death among children.[3]

In both the Netherlands and Belgium swimming lessons under school time (schoolzwemmen, school swimming) are supported by the government. Most schools provide swimming lessons. ...the Dutch translation for the breaststroke swimming style is even schoolslag (schoolstroke). In France, swimming is a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary schools. Children usually spend one semester per year learning swimming during CE1/CE2/CM1 (2nd, 3d and 4th grade).

In the UK, the "Top-ups scheme" calls for school children who cannot swim by the age of 11 to receive intensive daily lessons. These children who have not reached Great Britain's National Curriculum standard of swimming 25 metres by the time they leave primary school will be given a half-hour lesson every day for two weeks during term-time.[4]

In Canada and Mexico there has been a call for swimming to be included in the public school curriculum.[5]
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