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Swimming In Columbia

wierdolilgrlwierdolilgrl Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
edited January 2007 in Columbia University
I've been hearing wierd things about the swimming program in Columbia. Supposedly, there's a swim test for incoming students. Is that true? I'm assuming this means Columbia requires all of its students to learn how to swim? I'm totally fine with this; I've been wanting to learn how to swim for a long while; I just wanted to see if there was any truth to the rumors.
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Replies to: Swimming In Columbia

  • PeugeotPeugeot Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member
    They do require all their students to know how to swim...though it's only before they graduate, not before they enter. The lady at the info session tried to be funny by saying that, apparently, since Columbia is on an island (Manhattan), the students need to know how to swim in case they have to escape.
  • ShrafShraf Registered User Posts: 2,400 Senior Member
    there is a swim test which all CC students have to pass before they graduate, however, this can also be fulfilled through a semester long swim class as one of two required physical education courses. Also, SEAS students do not have this swimming requirement but do have the same two semester physical education requirement.
  • karotkarot Registered User Posts: 1,200 Senior Member
    You swim three lengths of a pool (75 yards) using any stroke you want with no time limit, but you have to do it non-stop. You can also enroll in a beginning swim class.
  • Columbia2002Columbia2002 Registered User Posts: 4,529 Senior Member
    You don't need to know how to "swim" or use a "stroke"; you just have to make it across in some fashion.
  • columbia2007columbia2007 Registered User Posts: 906 Member
    Doggie paddle is acceptable.
  • karotkarot Registered User Posts: 1,200 Senior Member
    The trick is to not try keep your head above water the entire time. It's okay to put your face in the water.
  • mikenthemaddog66mikenthemaddog66 Registered User Posts: 2,680 Senior Member
    SEAS students don't need to pass the swimming requirement, because in the event that the british invade again, they can engineer a bridge to get across the water.
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