Should swimming be compulsory for college students?

Editor’s note: As the new semester gets underway, Tsinghua University is reiterating its rule that students are required to pass a swimming test to get a diploma. According to a survey by the university’s Physical Education department, almost half of the freshmen cannot swim. Forum readers share their opinions. seneca (Expat in China) Compulsion doesn’t work…

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A fairy-tale vacation: opening arms to kids


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As family travel becomes increasingly popular, hotels are adding special amenities for younger guests Chinese hotels are presenting special programs for children as family travel becomes a major trend in the Chinese tourism market. As the summer heat sweeps across China, Marriott International announced on Tuesday that kids will be able to listen to well-chosen fairy…

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Our favorite beach apps


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Sure, you wish you could leave your phone at home when it’s time to soak up the rays on the beach, but why would you when these beach-going apps make your life so much easier? Surfline: A ton of surfing apps are available, but Surfline is one of the best because the organization has been delivering…

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Babies and water safety: Layers of barriers key to drowning prevention


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Julie Lopiccolo thought she had taken all the necessary precautions when it came to water safety and her son, Jasper. But one day she got a phone call no mother should ever receive. Jasper drowned while under the care of his baby sitter who had, without permission, taken Jasper to her house, where there was an…

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Here comes the sun


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Agenda filled with pool party invitations? Here are some bright, fun-in-the-sun accessories that’ll turn you into the new summer sensation. [Photo provided to China Daily] Swim Cap, Beco Make a splash with this vintage-inspired swim cap as a nice alternative to the basic models – and one that Esther Williams wouldn’t have turned down. [Photo provided…

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Mermaids making a fitness splash in North Texas


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PLANO, Texas — For professional mermaid Moira Dobbs, her lifelong fascination with mermaids began the way it did for many millennials her age — with the release of Disney’s 1989 animated version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Mermaid.” “It gave a lot of voice and imagination to a lot of men and women…

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‘It’s all possible’ says N.J. woman bringing swimming to special needs community


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WOODBURY — Amanda Pope stood in her element, surrounded by the sound of splashing water and the smell of chlorine in the air. She smiled as she watched, occasionally giving an instructional gesture to others in the pool. She stood by the pool side, unable to remember a time before swimming, a time when she wasn’t…

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Why Your Pool May Make You Sick This Summer


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Before you go swimming in a public pool this summer, health officials want to offer one piece of advice: Don’t drink the water! If for some reason you end up swallowing some (even just a mouthful), don’t be surprised if you end up sick for weeks with unpleasant symptoms such as watery poop and vomiting. This…

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Everyone in the pool! But swimming safety should come first


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There’s something about spending summer by the swimming pool that reminds me of my youth, which is why I’m so happy to see our three little kids getting so much pleasure from our neighborhood pool. Holding your child as she floats on her back in warm water, eyes closed, with the sunlight playing on her face,…

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