Historical Swimming Tips
“Health and beauty usually go hand in hand, and it is because so many ladies have realised that swimming beautifies not only the figure but the face also – that there is, in fact, more real and lasting loveliness to be had from a sixpenny visit to the baths than from a guinea’s-measure of costly ingenuities at Madame Seraphina’s “beauty parlour” – that swimming has won such enormous popularity among women during recent years.”
Quoted from page 176 of ‘The new magic of swimming’ 1934.
And from the same Chapter 2 titled ‘How swimming instruction has failed hitherto’
“In the nineteenth century the swimming-coach, as such, was almost unknown. Swimming-instructors there were, but these gentry were judged to have earned their fee when they had transformed a person who could not keep afloat in water into a person who could… and if the protege acquired good technique it was more by the grace of heaven than by any systematic instruction towards that end”
Happy swimming, Dan