Swimming - French vocabulary
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La natation

Swimming is great exercise as well as a fun way to cool off on a hot day. Learn all the French vocabulary you’ll need to enjoy swimming in a lake, ocean, or pool.

la baignade

  swimming (for fun)
la nage
la natation

  swimming (sport)
la nage de fond   long-distance swimming
la natation artistique   artistic swimming
la natation en eau libre   open-water swimming
la natation (de) marathon   marathon swimming
la nage synchronisée   synchronized swimming
Nages   Strokes
la brasse   breaststroke
le coup de pied   kick
le crawl   freestyle
le dos (crawlé)   backstroke
la nage du petit chien   doggy paddle
le papillon   butterfly
le tour   turn
Habillement et accessoires   Clothing and accessories
le bonnet de bain
le bonnet de natation
  bathing cap
le bouchon d’oreille   ear plug
la bouée   floaty
la bouée de sauvetage   lifebuoy
les brassards gonflables (m)   floaty armbands
la combinaison de plongée   wetsuit
les lunettes de natation
les lunettes protectrices
(f)   goggles
le maillot (de bain)   bathing suit
le masque   mask
les palmes (f)   flippers
le pince-nez   nose clip
la planche   kickboard
le régulateur   regulator
la serviette   towel
le slip de bain   swim trunks
bikini bottom
le tuba   snorkle
Endroits et composants   Places and components
le bord   edge
le couloir   lane
le départ plongé   racing dive
étanche (adj)   waterproof
le fond   bottom
le grand bassin   deep end
la ligne de couloir   lane
le petit bassin    shallow end, kids’ pool
le plongeoir   diving board
le plongeon   dive
le plongeon de haut vol   high dive
le plot de départ   starting block
la profondeur   depth
profond (adj)   deep
peu profond (adj)   shallow
le tremplin   diving board
Gens   People
le maître nageur
la maître nageuse
le nageur
la nageuse
le plongeur
la plongeuse
Verbes   Verbs
avoir pied   to be able to touch the bottom
se baigner   to swim (splash around)
s’essuyer   to dry oneself
être en apnée   to hold one’s breath
faire du sur-place   to tread water 
flotter   to float
nager   to swim (laps)
plonger   to dive
sauter à / dans   to jump in

 See Beach and Pool for different bodies of water.

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French swimming vocab

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