A short course on short course

10 things to know about short course swimming

1. There are a lot of turns! Because the pool is only 25 metres in length (instead of the usual 50m) the swimmers have to do twice the amount of laps.underwater-turn.jpg

Image credit: Professional swimmer underwater. Getty Images 
2. Starts are very important. You don’t have as much time to try and play catch up in a lap, as there is essentially less swimming, or less of the form stroke, and much more underwater work.Arena1.jpg

3. The ‘skills pay the bills’ in short course. If you have perfected your underwater work, your turns and your starts and your skills are on point, then short course is for you.AUS-Emily-Seebohm-4.jpg

4. The times are generally faster. This is because you spend more time underwater and can move a lot faster underwater than you can on top of it.DEL_5570.JPG

5. The Short Course World Championships were first introduced in 1993susie-o-neill.jpg

6. The first location of the championships was in Palma de Mallorca in SpainPalma-de-Mallorca-in-Spain.png

7. The FINA Short Course World Championships are swum every second year, the last one was in 2016 in Windsor, Canada 2016-World-Short-Course-Team-with-Mrs-Rinehart-and-John-Bertrand.jpg

8. World records were first recognised in short course events in 1991world-record-cate-campbell.JPG

9. Australia currently has two short course world record holders; Grant Hackett in the 800m free and Mitch Larkin in the 200m backGrant-Hackett-2003.jpg

10. Mitch Larkin and Cate Campbell both set new short course world records in 2015LARKIN_7447.JPG

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