For years musicians have been featuring pools as center pieces for their music videos. The problem is that swimming hasn't been the focus, it's been the partying and extravagance being showcased. Recently lifeguards, swimmers, and even pool maintenance professionals have gotten into the mix and have made aquatics the true center piece. Here is a list of my top 5 favorite “swimming videos”. I believe these creative expressions stem from staring at the bottom of a pool for hours upon hours, or maybe it's breathing chlorine fumes for too long.

 

Splash on em:

Featuring a cast of multi-national Olympian swimmers including Ed Moses, Mike Alexandrov, Max Jaben, Azan AL-Barazi, and Katie Hoff, this is what swimmers do in their off-time.  Filmed at SPLASH in La Mirada, CA this original song shows what swimmers think about while starting at the lane markings on the bottom of a pool.

 

Pool Care Rap Video

How do you make pool care and maintenance interesting, ask Matt Giovanisci.  His original song and video literally “steps” you through how to care for a pool and keep the water “sparkling clean.”

 

Call Me Maybe USA Olympic Swimming Team

Spearheaded by a few key members of the USA Women’s 2012
Olympic Swim Team, this video shows the lighter side of training only weeks
before the London Olympic Games.

 

Harlem Shake: University of Georgia Men's Swim TeamRemember the Harlem Shake? Well so will University of Georgia’s Men’s Swim Team, indefinitely.  This Harlem Shake video has over 37 MILLION views on YouTube; something’s you can never live down.

 

Lifeguard Style (Gangnam Style Remake)

In September of 2012, 13 lifeguards and their supervisor we fired by the City of El Monte, CA for making “Lifeguard Style,” a spoof of the popular PSY’s Gangnam Style .  The story made national news and eventually after petitions and unwanted publicity, the City re-hired their staff.

 

Honorable mention: Fanny Pack Sexy Back

They say mimicry is the ultimate form of flattery.  If that’s true, Justin Timberlake would be proud of these YMCA lifeguards.

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Comment by Gary Thill on July 23, 2013 at 4:51pm

What a great idea, Kevin! Thanks for putting this together... Rock on!

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