July 15, 2006
RECENTLY OUR SWIMMING-BATH and in particulary the group of people who practice these historical swimming-strokes, got the honor to develop three new nostalgic swimming diplomas for the NPZ (Dutch National Platform of Swimming baths).
The old set-up
The old set-up for the current nostalgic swimming diplomas is as follows:
As you can see from above the distance of a swimming-stroke is emphasised. This will be different with the new diplomas.
The new set-up
As things look now there will be again three diplomas each with a different level of difficulty. The big difference between the old diplomas and the new one will be the variety of swimming-strokes. The current diplomas only have 6 different swimming-strokes (sticker 3) while the new diplomas will have 25 swimming-strokes. Provisional the following swimming-strokes are selected :
Long Spanish stroke
Double Spanish stroke
Long seaman's stroke
Old Spanish stroke (hand-über-hand)
Stroke of Dalton
Single Spanish backstroke
Double Spanish backstroke
How the classification between the 3 nostalgic swimming diplomas will be is unknown. In any case there are 5 swimming-strokes of the 25 which can be marked as a spare. Which swimming-stroke can be marked as a spare is as yet unknown.
What is known is that there are a mandatory number of swimming-strokes to be swum. For diploma 1 there is a minimum of 12 swimming-strokes, for diploma 2 15 swimming-strokes and for diploma 3 20 swimming-strokes msut be swum.
...to be continued