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Swimming and diving

backstroke

noun

a style of swimming on your back

bathe

verb

to swim in a river or lake, or in the sea

bathing

noun

the activity of swimming in a river or lake, or in the sea

belly flop

noun

a way of jumping into water in which the front of the body hits the water, usually in a painful way

breaststroke

noun

a style of swimming in which you pull both arms back at the same time and kick both legs with your knees bent

the butterfly

noun

a way of swimming in which you lie on your front and move both your arms together above your head in a circular movement while moving your legs up and down together

crawl

noun

a fast style of swimming in which you lie on your front and move one arm over your head and then the other while kicking your legs

decompression

noun

the process of allowing your body to return to normal air pressure after you have been diving deep under water

dip

noun

a quick swim

dive

verb

to jump into water with your head first and with your arms stretched out in front of you

dive

verb

to swim underwater, usually using special equipment so that you can breathe

dive

noun

a jump into water with your head first and your arms stretched out in front of you

dive

noun

a jump into water from a high board, making skilful movements in the air before entering the water

diver

noun

someone who swims under water, especially as their job

diver

noun

someone who dives into water, for example as a sport

diving

noun

the activity, job, or sport of swimming deep under water, especially using special equipment to carry oxygen

diving

noun

the sport of jumping into water with your head first and your arms stretched out in front of you

doggy paddle

noun

a way of swimming like a dog, in which you move your arms and legs quickly up and down

freediving

noun

the sport of staying under deep water for as long as possible without using oxygen containers

freestyle

adjective

in swimming, using the crawl

gala

noun

a sports competition, especially a swimming competition

jackknife

noun

a dive in which you jump high, touch your toes, and then stretch your legs out straight before entering the water with your hands and head first

lifeguard

noun

someone whose job is to save swimmers who are in danger

lifesaver

noun

a lifeguard

lifesaving

noun

skills that you need to save someone who has fallen into water by accident

medley

noun

a swimming race in which the swimmers use the four main swimming styles one after another

paddle

verb

to swim slowly by moving your arms or legs gently through the water

plunge

noun

a jump or dive into water

scuba diving

noun

the activity of swimming under water with a container of air on your back and a tube for breathing through

skin-diving

noun

the sport of swimming under the water with only light equipment and no rubber suit

skinny-dipping

noun

swimming without any clothes on

snorkel

verb

to swim under water using a snorkel

stroke

noun

a style of swimming, or one complete movement of the arms and legs in swimming

subaqua

adjective

relating to sports that you do under water

swim

verb

to move through water by making movements with your arms and legs

swim

verb

to swim a particular distance, or to swim in a race

swim

verb

to swim in a particular style

swim

noun

an occasion when you swim

swimmer

noun

someone who swims for enjoyment, for exercise, or in races

swimmer

noun

someone who is swimming

swimming

noun

an activity in which you swim for enjoyment, for exercise, or in races

synchronized swimming

noun

a sport in which two or more swimmers perform complicated movements to music at the same time as each other

water sports

noun

sports that you play in or on water

tombstoning

noun

the activity of jumping or diving into water from a very high place

freestyle

adverb

scuba diver

noun

skin-diver

noun

snorkelling

noun

in your depth

able to keep your head above water when your feet are touching the bottom of a swimming pool, the sea etc

out of your depth

not able to keep your head above water when your feet are touching the bottom of a swimming pool, the sea etc

tread water

to stay upright in deep water by moving your legs and arms so that your head stays out of the water

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