A lesson on how to swim front crawl. Nice shots of male swimmers.
Westminster City Baths. "Sooner or later every swimmer wants to learn the Crawl Stroke...most famous (and fastest) of all. R.J.C. Sutton International and Olympic Swimmer, Southern Counties Champion, etc. demonstrates." M/S of Mr Sutton (looking rather handsome in a black swimsuit) standing beside the swimming pool. L/S of Mr Sutton as he dives into the pool. Shot from high angle of Mr Sutton as he dives in. Various shots of Mr Sutton swimming. "The old way of teaching leg action was to "anchor" the pupil to the side whilst he moved his legs about." M/S of two young boys hanging on to the side of the pool while they practice their leg action. "The new way" explained Mr C.G.W. August, the well-known Instructor and Inventor of the system, "aims at movement from the start, using a cork float for the hands" C/U of the cork float. M/S of the teacher crouching on the side of the pool (he wears a suit) and two boys listening to his instructions. High angle shot of the boys as they swim widths with their floats.
"Notice how simple - the pupil is merely walking at the shallow end - yet learning balance, correct position and easy breathing." High angle shot of one of the boys propelling himself along. M/Ss of the two boys making their way across the pool. "Gradually, you find you can walk through the water, without touching the bottom, for a flick of the ankle gives the foot the correct position." Various shots of the two boys swimming backwards and forwards. "Faster now, and you're well on the way." High angle showing the boys swimming across. "And here's another Champion, Robert Mitchell, Southern Counties Boy Diving Champion and 100 yards County Champion, finishing the demonstration." C/U of Robert Mitchell with hands on hips in his swimsuit. L/S of him diving into the pool. High angle shots of him doing the front crawl. "Try the crawl on these lines, when you get into the water - but don't forget, safety first!" L/S of the diving boards. Rather splendid pool! Man dives off the high board. L/S of two men diving in at the other end.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 693.