Proof of leisure swimming in prehistoric times has been determined, with the earliest proof relationship to Stone Age paintings from round 10000 years ago. Written references date from 2000 BC, with some of the earliest references to swimming consisting of the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Bible, Beowulf, the Quran and others.
In 1538, Nikolaus Wynmann, a German professor of languages, wrote the primary swimming ebook, The Swimmer or A speak on the art of Swimming (Der Schwimmer oder ein Zweigespräch über die Schwimmkunst).
Swimming emerged as a competitive leisure hobby in the 1830s in England. In 1828, the first indoor swimming pool, St George's Baths become opened to the general public. by means of 1837, the country wide Swimming Society turned into preserving regular swimming competitions in six artificial swimming pools, built round London.
The recreational interest grew in recognition and by 1880, whilst the first countrywide governing frame, the novice Swimming association, changed into formed, there had been already over 300nearby clubs in operation throughout the united states of america.