The first recorded swimming races were held in Japan in 36 B.C.
The first man to cross the English Channel swimming from England to France is Englishman Captain Matthew Webb in 1875.
The first swimming pool to go to sea on an ocean liner was installed on the White Star Line’s Adriatic in 1907.
In the USA, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia clubhouse (1907) boasts one of the world’s first modern above-ground swimming pools.
The oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915.
The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym.
Mark Spitz was the first Olympic swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad in the 1972 games.
The largest swimming pool ever built was reputedly created in Moscow after the Palace of Soviets remained uncompleted. The foundations were converted into an open air swimming pool after the process of de-Stalinisation after the fall of communism, Christ the Savior Cathedral was re-built (it had originally been on the site) between 1995 and 2000.
In the 21st century, there seem to be many contenders for “the largest swimming pool on earth”, reputedly at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; at Club Med Camarina, Sicily; Sunlite Pool, Coney Island, Cincinnati; and Garden City, Kansas with their 220 foot by 330 foot pool (67m x 100m) that holds 26,000,000 gallons (100 million liters) of water. A recent construction in Tokyo, Japan may top them all.
The longest swimming pool is the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco. It is 480 meters (1,574 feet) long and 75 meters (246 feet) wide. It is filled with sea water and covers 8.9 acres (3.60 Ha).
The recreational diving center Nemo 33 near Brussels, Belgium is home to the world’s deepest swimming pool. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft.) and 10m (32 ft.), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft.).
The Fleishhacker Pool was the largest swimming pool in the United States. Opened on 23 April 1925, it measured 300 m by 45 m (1,000 ft. by 150 ft.) and was so large that the lifeguards required kayaks for patrol. It closed in 1971 due to low patronage.
According to the Guinness World Records the largest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft.) long and has an area of 8 ha (19.77 acre), it was completed in December 2006.
The first filtration system for a swimming pool was introduced in 1910.
The first photo finish for a swimming competition was done in 1939.
The first swimmer to break the two minute barrier in the 200 meters was Don Schollander.