A platform of wood was built out from the bank, to be used for bathing by good swimmers
who were not afraid of a plunge into deep water.
And at the first let him practise with helps, as swimmers
do with bladders or rushes; but after a time let him practise with disadvantages, as dancers do with thick shoes.
It passed on, and Berande emerged in the bright sunshine as the three swimmers
emerged from the sea.
It was believed that the search for the bodies had been a fruitless effort merely because the drowning must have occurred in mid- channel, since the boys, being good swimmers
, would otherwise have escaped to shore.
As with mariners shipwrecked near a coast, it would have been better for the good swimmers
if they had been able to swim still further, whereas it would have been better for the bad swimmers
if they had not been able to swim at all and had stuck to the wreck.
Should our bark be upset we are five of us good swimmers
, able enough to turn it over again, or if not, to hold on by it.
That, too, vanished, and Saxon and Billy looked at each other, she with amazement at the swimmer
's valor, Billy with blue eyes flashing.
I was a good swimmer
, and in my inflamed condition the contact of the water with my skin soothed me like cool linen.
And from the opposite bank a sinister ripple, unseen by either man, moving steadily toward the half-naked swimmer
The panglima Ninaka of the Signana Dyaks who manned Muda Saffir's war prahu saw his chief disappear beneath the swift waters of the river, but the word of command that would have sent the boat hurriedly back to pick up the swimmer
was not given.
This was an easy feat to him, for he usually attracted a crowd of spectators in the bay before the lighthouse at Marseilles when he swam there, and was unanimously declared to be the best swimmer
in the port.
If so our doom was sealed, for these savages, unlike the feeble swimmer
of civilized countries, are, if anything, more formidable antagonists in the water than when on the land.