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  • Can you swim?
  • Do you like swimming? Why do you like it?
  • Do you prefer swimming in a swimming pool or in the sea, in a river or in a lake? Why?
  • Are you a good/strong swimmer?
  • Do you swim equally well with all the strokes or do you have a preference?
  • How old were you when you learnt to swim? Was that a good age to learn?
  • How and where did you learn?
  • What do you think of teaching babies to swim? Have you done it/would you do it to your children?
  • Do you go swimming all year round or just in summer?
  • At the beach do you usually stay within your depth or are you that swimmer who swims far out into the sea?
  • Do you always wait for two hours after eating before you go in the water? Why/why not?
  • Have you ever suffered cramp while swimming? If so, what did you do?
  • Have you ever had an unpleasant experience when swimming? What happened?
  • Have you ever done a life-saving course? Have you done any refresher courses?
  • Have you ever had to save anyone from drowning? Would you know what to do?
  • Do you prefer to wear goggles when swimming? Why/why not?
  • Have you ever been snorkelling/diving? Would you like to?
  • Have you ever had any bad experience regarding swimming?
  • Do you think swimming is an important skill? why?
  • Who taught you how to swim?
  • Did you take formal swimming lesson? or not?


Vocabulary[edit]

  • cramp: a sudden pain
  • goggles: plastic swimming glasses
  • swim (swam, swum).
1. To move in the water
2. To have fun in the water
When precision is needed and 1 is meant, some people say "to swim for excercise" or "competitive swimming".
  • swimming styles
crawl, front crawl
backstroke or back crawl
breaststroke
butterfly
dog paddle
freestyle: it is almost always crawl
  • swimsuit or swimming costumeBrE
  • swim brief or swimming briefs: a tight swimsuit for males used in competitive swimming.
Speedo (usually speedos), the best known brand of swim briefs, is used as a synonym of swim briefs in the United States (regardless of the actual brand)

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