Cold water drowning kills many people every year. But can it also provide curative benefits? We asked an expert.
The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity, exhibition by Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Tolandand Amelia Holliday) with Michelle Tabet, commissioned for the Australian Pavilion by the Australian Institute of Architects for the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016.
Swimming pools are much more than holes in the ground - they are often beautifully designed, as a new exhibition at the NGV shows. They also document Australia's history of racism and sexism, and gradual relaxation of social mores.
Swimming in synchrony is a fundamental social behaviour for dolphins and is thought to reinforce their bonds.
A new study of captive dolphins has found that those engaging in synchronised swimming make more optimistic judgements about an unknown event.
Australia’s junior community sport system has been heavily professionalised and commercialised.
The relationship between commercialised sport and junior sport has largely been left to the periphery of Australian sporting analyses.
Handcuffs not recommended: Harry Houdini dives into the Yarra in 1910.
State Library of Victoria/W. G. Alma conjuring collection
Why don’t more of Australia’s urban residents swim in city rivers? History provides a guide to reclaiming these important urban assets as public spaces.
There are 16 contenders for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award... But who is the best athlete?
Extreme feats of human endurance require extreme measures to stay alive
A spate of French towns have banned burkinis. It’s the latest move in a long history of unease over women’s (and sometimes men’s) clothing.
The burkini bans, now overturned by a French court, are selective and ridiculous. But controversy over women’s clothing, and competing cultural notions of appropriate garb, are nothing new.
Take a deep breath Ryan.
The swimwear company has made the most of a messy situation.
Athletes must execute their individualised race plan to the best of their ability to win.
Races at the international level are often decided by as little as 0.01 of a second.
Patrick B Kraemer/EPA
Women's football was introduced in the Olympics a staggering 96 years after the men's event – and some sports still struggle with gender inequalities.
Gold medal winner Mack Horton (centre) said he had no time or respect for drug cheats in reference to silver medallist Sun Yang.
Rarely do we see such unscripted individual honesty on difficult topics such as doping, right in the middle of arguably the biggest international sporting stage.
Legendary Australian swimming coach and the country’s oldest Olympian, Forbes Carlile (centre).
AAP Image/Carlile Swimming
The Australian swim team hoping for medal success in Rio have a lot to thank one of the earlier pioneers of sport science: Forbes Carlile.
Bathers on Perranporth beach in Cornwall stay in the safe area marked by lifeguards, with large rip currents visible to either side.
Knowing how rip currents form and how to spot them could save your life.
The force on a triple jumper’s bones is 15 times their body weight.
Studying how athletes' bones contort during exercise is helping scientists understand which exercise is best for maintaining healthy bones as we age.
Taking it too far? No hiding this bike motor.
Cycling has been on the look out for mini engines in bike frames, and it may have come up trumps. But it might be missing a trick to invigorate the sport.
It’s OK to put your head under but try not to drink the water.
Summer holidays are upon as, and many of us finally get to spend some lazy days by the pool. But how can you ensure this pleasant experience doesn't leave you with any nasty surprises?
An Indo-Pacific Man-o-war, AKA bluebottle, washed up on a beach.
Copyright L Gershwin
Blue bottles have been washing up on beaches lately, but what exactly are they? And are you really supposed to pee on their stings?
Observing the foreflipper clap.
The way sea lions swim is unique among fish and marine mammals. Their technique provides a biomechanical model to design agile underwater vehicles... but first we have to figure out how they do it.
The swimsuit worn by competitors throughout 2009 improved performance and was subsequently banned.
Technology has become a major game-changer in sport. But innovation has to be tempered with caution and vigilance to ensure sport remains fair, safe and accessible.