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SWIMMING NOTES. It is stated that there is to be no swimming at the Tower, Blackpool, this season, so that the two professional cracks, Nuttall and Tyers, will be at liberty. Nuttall is quietly practising in the hope that someone will venture a challenge, There is no sign, however, at present of any important professional match taking place. News is to hand thqt Sam Greasley is practis- ing long--di4ance swimming with a view to attempting to cross the Channel. The ex-amateur is just TI E sort cf man to accomplish such an ARDNTIUF performance. He would travel quicker than any who have essayed the feat a nee Captain WE'bh's time, while with all respect to Messrs. Holmes and Holbein, be is a better class swimmer. The only question is, whether he can stay in the water long enough. Swimming through a rough sea is very diffprent to swimming lit P-mooih water, and a few hint- on swimming tii tough the surf way be useful to some of my readers. By a R U JH sea I do not mean an ordinary swimming mntch thut takes place in ordina y weather, but the still more practical art of going th ough a rough surf, or returning through ON". Per aps very few realise what a heavy su f is until thiJy have experienced what a heavy rolling Pea. re,,Jly is. TH" great art in returning to >hore is, not to attempt to battle with the waves, but to manoeuvre with them so that they assist tou. boul(i a hUll" maUS of water he bearing down upon you from behind, wait till it nearly reaches you, AM t'en suddenly dive d"wl wards, and swim a little way under water as fa. as yoq 0-n against the waves. By this means you will avoid b.ing caught in the crest of the wave Then turn agin nad T-trike out to -an I let lours, If be cor i, d on ih-1 huee t'end ''f the w"ve, which will take you rapidly in. T'e waws by this means will hri, g VYOU nearer and nparer the phore Hnrl thp nearer you get the greater must your care be that you don't get caught, as I have said, in the crest of the wave, the effect of which will be to dash you on the beach, and probably knock all the breath out of your body. It will be generally found that every third and ninth wave is larger than the others, and, also that every la. ge wave is followed by a much smaller one. In reaching the shore, therefore, watch your opportunity, if possible, to land as soon as you can atter these great waves have broken. In swimming through the surf you must, of course, start in one of these small waves, and when the f-ea appears to be in its calmest moments. Again, the first time you see a heavy billow higher than the rest rolling with tremendous force towards you, wait till it is nearly on you, then dive quickly and swim with all your might again-t the water as long as you possibly can, and your h. ad will shoot above water when the wave itself has passed far back behind you. To attempt swimming in a heavy surf would be an act of folly for anyone, however great a swimmer he might be, unless he were possessed of considerable personal strength. An Old Swimmer"' writes:—Dear Argus,"— I read with pleasure the "Swimminsr Notes" in last wpek's Cambrian," and was delighted with your suggestions re long distance swimming. Some young mea seem to think that when they can swim 100 yards very fast in a baths they haye become past-masters of the art. If any of them got upset in a boat or wrecked at sea, and bad to remain for hours in tt.e water, where would they be (the short-distance sptinter-)? I am afraid they would very soon pay a visit to "David Jones' locker." I don't wish for a moment to cry down that kind of swimming, but what I mean to convey is—encourage long distance swimming as well. Captain Webb, when he swam across the English Channel, remained for nearly twenty-two hours in the water. And notwithstanding all the speed and record-breaking of the present day, there is not a man who has accomplished snch a feat since.

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