Discover some of the body's amazing features and capabilities.

The Dive Reflex


Newborn Babies have a remarkable ability to survive underwater. When submerged the dive reflex takes over so that they do not breathe water into there lungs. Coordinated movements propel them along - under adult supervision of course.

 

 

 

 

Cold Water, Swimming and Health


A number of studies have shown that sea swimming may have benefits for health, from boosting the immune system to easing skin complaints and aches and pains, as well as relieving allergies. Some research even suggests it may boost our sex lives. More...

 

 

 

Wrinkled Fingers and Wrinkled Feet


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So why do our fingers and feet wrinkle? Is it because water enters the skin and after a time the skin swells up thus causing the wrinkles? Most people may think so but this is not the cause. Only our fingers and feet our affected despite our whole body being immersed in water, so why does it happen?

One thing is for sure, wrinkled fingers and feet have better grip, giving swimmers an advantage. The wrinkles make us about 12% better able to grip on wet surfaces and able to hold on more securely to wet objects, very useful when catching slippery wet fish by hand.

So how does it work?Just as advanced modern cars have sensors in the windscreen to detect rain and automatically turn on the windscreen wipers, when your hands and feet have been in water for a long time your nervous system triggers a change in the size of your blood vessels in the areas to be wrinkled. Constricted blood vessels reduce the volume of fluid in your fingers and feet pulling the skin into the wrinkle formation. An old English word; quobbled refers to this feature built in to all humans with a healthy nervous system.

Seeing Underwater

Children can learn to see better underwater

Swimming goggles or a snorkel mask are essential if you want to see clearly underwater. Take them off and everything becomes a blur. Yet Moken sea gypsies in Thailand have an extraordinary ability to overrule an automatic reflex of the eye which allows them to see with amazing clarity under water. Recent studies show that any child can learn this trick.

As the light level drops, so the pupil of the eye automatically opens to allow more light into the eye, giving you a clearer picture, but underwater this makes things look even more blurred. Moken children override this automatic reflex and close their pupils. This sharpens the picture and improves underwater vision.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying Deep Underwater for up to Five Minutes


Learn How to Free Dive

Most people think that the urge to breathe comes from a lack of oxygen - but actually that feeling is your levels of CO2 rising. So, as you hold your breath, you still have lots of oxygen in your lungs, in your blood and your tissues, but no way to release the CO2 that keeps building up. At a certain point the balance tips so that it becomes uncomfortable. People think at that point they need to breathe in, get oxygen, or they're going to choke and die, but actually what their body wants to do is breathe out - to get rid of the carbon dioxide. They still have plenty of oxygen, and all that happens when they keep holding their breath is that it will become more and more uncomfortable and their diaphragm - the main muscle responsible for breathing - will start to involuntarily contract to try and make the body exhale. More...

 

 

 

Swimming for a Healthy Body and Mind


Long before the development of seaside resorts and indoor swimming pools, bathing for your health was seen as essential. As the rich and famous took to the waters across Europe, religious intolerance receded and bathing boomed.

Indoor swimming pools are a far cry from the healthy environ of the great outdoors. You have to swim in nature to realise the true benefits to mind, body and soul that should be available to us all.

Swimming Could Cheer Up Britain - Official Study Reveals

happy swimmers

Swimming for a better life 

 

Want to feel more content, less grumpy and finally get a good night's sleep? Swimming could be the answer, a new study reveals.

The soothing qualities of the water could help make the nation less grumpy! Negative emotions decrease at almost the same rate as positive emotions increase, suggesting that we could all be water babies at heart.

The report found that taking a regular dip at your local pool can make you feel happier as well as healthier, with participants reporting an increase of 35% in positivity during a major new four week study.

The results have also shown that the low impact sport is a tonic for everyday life, increasing levels of sleep quality (+40%) and energy levels (+51%) and fitness levels (+15%) during the course of the study.

Just a few laps a week can have an almost immediate effect, with those donning their swimsuits seeing an increase of 20% in their overall levels of well-being after just one week. These levels were maintained for the duration of the study, peaking again at 29% in the final week, found the research by British Gas SwimBritain conducted by Mindlab International. More…