punkalas or pots of abundance and scrolldesign.
Swimming pools became popular in Britainin the mid 19th century. By 1837, six indoor pools with diving boards were built in London,England.
After the modern Olympic Games began in 1896 and included swimming races, thepopularity of swimming pools began to spread (reference: Encyclopedia Britannica). In 1839,Oxford had its first major public indoor pool at Temple Cowley, and swimming began to take off.The Amateur Swimming Association was founded in 1869 in England,
and the Oxford SwimmingClub in 1909 with its home at Temple Cowley Pool.
The presence of indoor baths in the cobbledarea of Merton Street, London may have persuaded the less hardy of the aquatic brigade to join. So,bathers gradually became swimmers, and bathing pools swimming pools.In the USA, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia clubhouse(1907) boasts one of the world's first modern above-groundswimming pools. The first swimming pool to go to sea onan ocean liner was installed on the White Star Line's
After World War I and the departure of "Long John" styleswimming costumes, interest in competitive swimminggrew. Standards improved and training became essential.Home swimming pools became popular in the USA afterWorld War II and the publicity given to swimming sportsby Hollywood films like Esther Williams
Million Dollar Mermaid
made a home pool a desirable status symbol.More than 50 years later, the home or residential swimming pool is ubiquitous and even the smallestworld nations enjoy a thriving swimming pool industry (e.g. New Zealand pop. 4,116,900 [SourceNZ Census 7 March 2006] - holds the record in pools per capita with 65,000 home swimming poolsand 125,000 spa pools).
Swimming pool records
One of the largest swimming pools ever builtwas reputedly in Moscow after the Palace of Soviets remained uncompleted. The foundationswere converted into an open air swimming poolafter the process of de-Stalinisation.
After thefall of communism, Christ the Saviour Cathedralwas re-built (it had originally been on the site)between 1995 and 2000.According to the Guinness World Records, thelargest swimming pool in the world is SanAlfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo,Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has anarea of 8 ha (20 acres). It was completed inDecember 2006.
The largest indoor wave pool in North America is at the West Edmonton Mall and the largest indoorpool is at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab in the Sonny Carter Training Facility at NASA JSC in Houston.
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Deep Eddy Pool, built in 1915, is theoldest concrete swimming pool inTexas, United StatesOpen air swimming pool 'Moscow' (1980)