Home > Fitness > Sport > Swimming Swimming All sections in Fitness » Exercise » Getting started » In the gym » Lifestages » Sport » Sports injuries » Running » Rugby » Walking » Cricket » Soccer » Cycling » Sports nutrition Extreme watersports in South Africa South Africa’s legendary summers guarantee fun in the sun for the better part of the year. The ideal way to get fit and beat the heat is to hit the water, fast. take a Flexibility test » Receive Health tips » Ask Fitness Expert » Join Health24 on Facebook » 10 minute bikini-ready workout Why you need strength to run Pool accessories for a great swimming workout For a powerful swimming session, you’ll need more than an itsy-bitsy red bathing suit. Try this pool paraphernalia on for size. Deep diving is risky business "It's like bungee jumping without a cord." So says South African diving expert Adam Cruise of the Boesmangat diving expedition that claimed the life of Dave Shaw. How fit must a diver be? Divers might not need to race the clock, but their chosen discipline is demanding in many other ways. How fit should you be? Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy This article gives detailed information on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Barotrauma Barotrauma is an injury caused by pressure change in a cavity, and is a common fatality among divers. 10 tips for diving survival Diving has its dangers. Those who participate in diving should always take care. The following steps could help in ensuring that your diving experience is problem-free. 10 reasons why swimming is good for you Swimming has many health benefits. Here are 10 great reasons why you should start swimming today. Swimming for charity Jonno Proudfoot and Thane Williams chat to us about why they are swimming from Mozambique to Madagascar to raise funds for kids with cleft lips and palates. The Mad Swim is on! Thane Williams and Jonno Proudfoot will be the first people in history to attempt this 'impossible' swim. In March 2014 they will attempt to swim 500km from Mozambique to Madagascar. Funny pool wipeouts you must see Swimming pools are fun... until the guys from TV show Wipeout add their obstacle course. Why we should all learn to swim If Noah, the new big budget movie starring Russell Crowe and depicting the great biblical flood is anything to go by, shouldn't more people be learning how to swim? Diving equipment You cannot dive without being properly trained in how to use the right diving equipment. This article explains the importance of diving gear. Decompression sickness Decompression sickness, better known as the Bends, is the presence and entrapment of expanding nitrogen bubbles in the body's bloodstream and tissues. Dive training This article will give you all the information you need about diving. Diving and your health Generally, diving should not pose serious health risks to the human body. But there are certain health hazards which divers should be aware of. Taking the plunge for your heart Valentine’s Day might all be about getting your heart pumping but the truth is, the slower your heart beats, the healthier it is. The Mad Swim: it can change lives Jonno Proudfoot and Thane Williams tells us what The Mad Swim is, why they are doing it and how it will benefit kids with cleft lips and palates. Swimmers Ear – the low down Swimmers ear is where the tube between the outer ear and eardrum (external ear canal) becomes inflamed due to water damage. The medical term is otitis externa. Really hilarious swimming video A short comedy and funny video about a professional swimmer, who swims in the streets of the Philippines. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Complete our allergy survey and stand a chance to win R 1000! Live healthier Wasting water? » South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks SEE: How much water do you use per day? With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up. Life saving tip! » SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.