Swimming

“In that sports centre you go to, do they have a swimming pool?" asks Alice. "They do, and quite a lovely one too," says Julia. "At the shallow end, the water comes maybe up to my waist. At the deep end, it is 3 meters deep."

"How may swimming lanes are there (= specially marked strips of the pool used to keep swimmers separate)?" "Let me think... Eight, I guess. There are lots of life guards so there is always someone watching over you, ready to help. I wanted to try diving off the diving board once (= a high board that sticks out over the water) but I was quite nervous, and one of the guards explained to me how to do it, and I loved the experience." "So you're quite a strong swimmer, are you?" "Well, I like swimming a lot," says Julia modestly. "My breaststroke is decent (= the way of swimming in which the arms move round in front and the knees are come towards the body and then are kicked out and backwards). My crawl, or freestyle as they call it, is not too great but acceptable. My butterfly on the other hand is pathetic (= the way of swimming by kicking with your legs while raising both arms together out of the water and then bringing them down together), and I vividly hate backstroke. I hate not being able to see where I am going." "So how many laps do you usually do when you go swimming (= how many times do you swim the length of the pool)?" "Oh, it depends on my mood. Generally, I try to do no less than 3 kilometres." "Wow..." is everything that Alice can say.


EXERCISE 1

Give words for these definitions. Try to remember the words from the text without looking back at it.

  1. .............................. = opposite of deep

  2. .............................. = he makes sure you’re safe while swimming

  3. .............................. = the length of the pool

  4. .............................. = swimming on your back

  5. .............................. = synonym of crawl

  6. .............................. = springboard


EXERCISE 2

Complete the questions and then answer them.

  1. Which swimming ………………………….. is your favorite: backstroke or breaststroke?

  2. How many ………………………….. at the pool can you swim without stopping?

  3. How many ………………………….. are there at your favorite pool? Is the number enough?

KEY

Ex.1

  1. shallow

  2. life guard

  3. a lap

  4. backstroke

  5. freestyle

  6. diving board


Ex.2

  1. stroke

  2. laps

  3. lanes

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