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French Swimming Vocabulary

French Swimming Vocabulary

On this page you will find a complete list of French swimming vocabulary including words such as la natation (swimming), nager (to swim) and la piscine (swimming pool). Swimming has long been one of the most popular sports in France. With hundreds of miles of beaches along both the Atlantic and Mediterranean people of all ages enjoy swimming and diving.

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  • la natation, la nage swimming
  • nager to swim
  • la piscine swimming pool
  • les styles de natation swimming styles
  • le dos crawlé backstroke/back crawl
  • le coup de pied kick
  • la pince pour le nez nose clip
  • le couloir lane
  • le slip de bains trunks
  • plonger to dive
  • le nageur swimmer
  • les casiers lockers
  • la crampe cramp
  • le maître nageur lifeguard
  • le crawl front crawl
  • le papillon butterfly
  • la brassière armband
  • la planche float/kickboard
  • l’eau water
  • le bonnet de natation swim cap
  • le plongeur diver
  • le plongeon dive
  • le water-polo water polo
  • le plongeon de haut vol high dive
  • le grand bassin deep end
  • la combinaison de plongée wetsuit
  • le régularteur regulator
  • la brasse breaststroke
  • la nage stroke
  • les lunettes protectrices goggles
  • le maillot de bain swimsuit
  • le plot de départ starting block
  • le tremplin springboard/diving board
  • le tour turn
  • nager sur place to tread water
  • le petit bassin shallow end
  • le départ plongé racing dive
  • la nage synchronisée synchronized swimming

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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