How Fast Can People Swim?


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Julii Brainard answered
Most people probably swim (assuming they can swim at all) at a pace of about half a mile (0.8 km) an hour. This is because they take it as gentle exercise, often an excuse for a bit of a chat with mates. There's nothing wrong with that.

The sort of more determined amateur swimmers who hunker their heads down, don't talk or take a break, and try to go a mile in every session are probably swimming 1.2-2 miles per hour.

Top atheletes go much faster. Men can expect to do 50m in under 25 seconds (a speed of just over 4mph), women can often do 50m in under 30 seconds (just under 4mph). Shockingly, the top swimmers aren't much slower over 1500 metres (the British record is 14 min. 32 seconds, again, just over 4mph).

Swimming in the open sea is harder ( rather than a nice safe swimming pool with walls to push off from). The English Channel (about 22 miles) takes about 11 hours for the elite to swim, so a speed of roughly 2 mph.
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kat dek answered
Everybody swims at a different pace. For a 100 freestlye race and time around 50 seconds is outstanding. While a time around 1:10 is great for a younger swimmer. I know that at the age of 12 all of the swimmers on my swim team who had been swimming for 5 years or more (and even a few of the younger ones) were able to swim around 1 mile in half an hour without stopping. (which is a decent time for younger competitive swimmers) olympic athletes and serious swimmers would be able to swim much farther in that half hour. Some swimmers are built more for sprints and short distances, so thier times are better in those areas. Others are long distance racers so their times are better in the longer races than those of a sprinter. So it all comes down to your age, gender, size, build, and you training. All of these have an affect on your time.

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