SWIMMING began competitively in VICTORIA during the 1860s but did not become a regular event until it was introduced as part of the Queen's birthday regatta in 1888. The Royal Navy organized many aquatic events for VANCOUVER ISLAND but swimming was unpopular due to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and social inhibitions against scantily clad young people bathing in the harbour. In VANCOUVER, lifeguard Joe FORTES helped to popularize the sport recreationally as he taught children to swim...

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