10 Best Swimming Books to Read in 2021

Best Swimming Books Recommendation

In this article, you will get acquainted with the 10 best swimming books that will give you detailed information about swimming.

“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”

Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States.

Swimming is a great exercise because it involves a lot of rhythms making coordinated movements of almost all our body parts. In ancient times, swimming was only a skill for survival but nowadays, it has become one of the adventurous sports for many people. Even in Olympics, there are several aquatic sports on swimming that describes its importance of the present time.

Learning to swim is not a herculean task, it only requires two things which are knowledge and practice. You cannot swim properly by mere knowledge or only practice. For better swimming, you must have good knowledge and constant practice. You can practice anywhere you want, but you can’t get knowledge from anywhere. To get the best knowledge, you have to join swimming classes or read the best swimming books.

If you don’t want to go to swimming classes, reading books on swimming can also help you a lot to get good knowledge. There are thousands of bet books on swimming, out of them we have selected the best 10 books that will greatly enhance your swimming skills.

Are you curious to know those books?

Okay, let’s start our list of best swimming books of all time-

List of 10 Best Swimming Books

Fundamentals of Fast Swimming

AuthorGary Hall, Devin Murphy
Rating4.9 out of 5

Fundamentals of Fast Swimming” is a very insightful analysis of fast swimming. The authors guide on how to turn anyone into a more efficient and effective swimmer through the book. It is very true that you can’t swim with only theoretical knowledge, you will have to practice a lot for a good swimmer, therefore, both authors focus a lot on practicing. They describe several techniques on how to practice more efficiently and become the best swimmer quickly.

Taking the Plunge

AuthorAnna Deacon, Vicky Allan
Rating4.8 out of 5

Have you ever wondered how people plunge from very high cliffs bridges, dams? They weren’t like that since childhood. They practiced and gradually become like this. The most important thing they have is that they are very skilled swimmers. In this book, the author has tried to guide you to become skilled swimmers. The book explains the lure of rushing into freezing cold water using many inspirational examples. It tries to motivate you as well as create a never-give-up attitude.

100 Dives of a Lifetime

AuthorCarrie Miller
Rating4.8 out of 5

Carrie Miller’s “100 Dives of a Lifetime” is also one of the best swimming books that consist of very good information about swimming. The best thing about this book is that it is filled with almost 350+ rare pictures of underwater that attract people to dive into the water. If you are a scuba diver, you don’t need to go anywhere except it. It will make you feel comfortable and give the best experiences of authors. In addition, the language of this book is very simple and easy to understand.

Swimming Holes of California

AuthorTimothy H. Joyce
Rating 4.7 out of 5

Imagine you are an average swimmer and now you want to practice more in a little bit harder water bodies but you have no idea where should you go.  Mr. Joyce has covered many swimming holes in this book that can be best for swimming practice purposes. He has mentioned everything about those swimming holes like the directions, GPS coordinates, Google Earth maps, photos, descriptions of sliding and jumping opportunities, water temperatures, best time of year to visit, nearby facilities, etc. If you are a true swimmer, you should check out it.

Peppa Goes Swimming

Rating4.7 out of 5

Peppa Goes Swimming” is a fictional swimming book of pigs that consists of a very interesting, enjoyable, and engaging story. The author guides how to swim in a funny language. The story starts with a lovable, slightly bossy little piggy that scares from water. To overcome his fear of water, his parents take him pool for swimming but he doesn’t ready to swim so his parents convince him to get in the pool and finally they teach them how to swim. If you have a water-timid child in your home, I recommend this one of the best swimming books.

Swim Speed Secrets

AuthorSheila Taormina
Rating4.6 out of 5

Sheila Taormina’s “Swim Speed Secrets” is one of the best swimming books of all time. The author presented all levels of detail on the stroke path, stroke timing, hand speed change, and over-water recovery that must have been very useful for every swimmer. The author has taught the ins and outs of swimming through this book, as a result, it isn’t mandatory to take swimming courses. You can be good at swimming after applying the strategy of the book.

Swimming to Freedom

AuthorKent Wong
Rating4.8 out of 5

Swimming to Freedom” is a very inspirational story of a young boy who fought against society’s orthodox and ultimately escapes from the cultural revolution. The book shows how a very young boy chosen a different path and worked very hard for that and ultimately become an icon among people. His journey was not as easy as we discuss here, there are many ups and downs in his life, but he didn’t give up and continuously practicing for his goal and in the end, he became one of the most successful swimmers across the world.

Why We Swim

AuthorBonnie Tsui
Rating4.5 out of 5

Why We Swim” is an excellent book on the relationship between humans and water that highlighted the importance of water for humans. The author has mentioned that our evolutionary ancestors learned swimming only for survival but now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world. Even in Olympics, there are many aquatic sports like water polo, diving, plunging, etc. The book will give you a broad overview of aquatic sports.

Champions are Raised, Not Born

AuthorSummer Sanders, Melinda Marshall
Publication 2000
Rating4.5 out of 5

Champions Are Raised, Not Born” is undoubtedly one of the best swimming books that will motivate you a lot. The author is herself a champion in American swimmer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She won many medals in aquatic sports than any other player. But how she prepared herself, how she fought against orthodox, what challenges she faced everything is well discussed here. The author challenges whoever adopts her strategy in their plan, they will definitely become the copy of her.

Swimming to Antarctica

AuthorLynne Cox
Rating4.5 out of 5

On hearing the name of Antarctica, one thing definitely scares us, which is the unlimited cold there. In this book, the author has described her journey of swimming. In her sixteen, she broke many records of swimming. She swam five miles in thirty-eight-degree water in just a swimsuit, cap, and goggles that were very surprising moments in swimming history. As she grew up, she broke continuously records in aquatic games and he becomes a very well-known figure in swimming history. Through this book, she tried to present a complete overview of her life.


Michael Phelps, an American former competitive swimmer is considered no 1 swimmer in the world.

Again, Michael Phelps won most of the medals as he won in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2016 in the Olympics and created records.

There are many advantages of swimming, for instance, swimming helps in reducing stress on joints, losing weight, overcoming the overheating risk, etc. But as you know, everything has some bright side as well as the dark side. Swimming has also a dark side. Swimming has a chlorine effect which makes your skin dry and also leaves a greenish layer on your hair if you don't take a proper bath after swimming. Fungal infections, skin allergies, open swimming threats are other disadvantages of swimming.

It can’t be denied that swimming doesn’t change our body shape, swimming definitely changes our body shape. Swimming makes our body flexible and more energetic as a result, our body looks attractive.

Swimming reduces belly fat completely. When a fat person swims, he burns his calories indirectly which results in his weight loss and less belly fat.

Swimming is a full-body workout at one time while in gymming, there are different exercises for different body parts. Swimming makes our body more flexible, gives strength, and endurance and on the other hand, gymming builds more muscles, strengthens the bones, enhances physical power, etc. So, we can say that gymming has more advantages than swimming.

Laps decide what your level in swimming is. If you are a beginner, your laps should be at least 20 to 30 in 30 minutes. For intermediate, the laps should be 40 to 50 and for advanced your laps should be 60+ in 30 minutes.

The average swim speed is 100 meters per 2 minutes. If you swim at this speed, it will be good for you.


I expect you have got familiar with these 10 best swimming books that will help you in practicing swimming. The majority of these books are the autobiography of the authors themselves, as a result, the story is very realistic. So, you can relate to them very soon. Gradually, you will feel that nothing can provide you such value as these books are providing.

One most important thing, if this article added any value to your life, share it with your friends so that they can also get familiar with these best swimming books.

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