French Swimming Vocabulary

Here you will find a complete list of French vocabulary words covering both swimming and scuba diving. 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. In the list below you’ll find that unlike other sports which have borrowed words extensively from English, most of these words are unique to the French language and may require some extra study time.

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

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