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WSJ had an article today about the declining number of schools that still require you to prove you can swim before graduation.

I particularly liked Georgia Tech's requirements.

Until 1988, Ga Tech required a course in "drownproofing" for graduation. Among other things, it required swimming a number of activities (e.g. forward and back summersaults) including 40ft underwater with feet tied to your stomach, and the same with hands tied behind your back. A lesser set of activities was required with both hands tied behind your back and feet tied together. Jumping in the pool from the high dive fully clothed (including jeans and tennis shoes) and swimming for an hour was another requirement. You had to swim a full 100 yds underwater to get an A in the course, but you got full credit if you passed out trying, and some did. It included an number of small activities such as diving off the board backward or swimming to the bottom of the pool and reading a word written on the bottom by blowing air into your hand above your eyes.


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