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Aquatics is a term for water sports which involve swimming and/or diving. The world organizing body for aquatics is Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA). FINA recognizes five distinct sports: swimming, water polo, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.[1]



Swimming competition consists of swimmers racing against one another over measured distances in a swimming pool. The four major strokes used in swimming competitions are backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle (front crawl).

Water polo

Water polo is a ball game played in a swimming pool.


Diving is a judged sport in which competitors enter a body of water (usually a man made pool) from a height. Divers can compete in 5 different events:

  • 1 meter springboard
  • 3 meter springboard
  • 10 meter platform
  • 3 meter springboard synchronised
  • 10 meter platform synchronised

Open water

Synchronised swimming