The Psychological, Historical and Personal Reasons ‘Why We Swim’

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: A toddler held by her mother swims underwater in a search for toys during a swimming class for babies at Lane Cove pool March 16, 2007 in Sydney, Australia.  ((Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images))

To live deliberately as a swimmer means you are a seeker; a chaser of the oceans blue corduroy, a follower of river veins, journalist Bonnie Tsui writes in her book, Why We Swim. A lifelong swimmer whose parents met at a pool, Tsui interweaves her personal love of the sport with scientific research on the psychology and physicality of swimming. She shares stories of long-distance swimmers and breaks down the reasons we swim: for survival, well-being, community, competition and flow. We want to hear from you: why do you swim?



Bonnie Tsui, journalist and author of the book "Why We Swim" - and frequent contributor to The New York Times