ASL sign for SWIMMING


Definitin: To move in water by movements of the body or parts of the body, especially the arms and legs.

In the case of fish or any animal with a tail and fins, this ASL sign doesn't apply. Use the classifier for fish swimming instead.

Related signs: SWIMMER, SWIMMING CAP, SWIMMING POOL.

Vocabulary for swim strokes: BUTTERFLY, BACKSTROKE, BREASTSTROKE, FREESTYLE

Vocabulary for swimming kicks: DOLPHIN KICK, FLUTTER KICK, FROG KICK, SCISSORS KICK.

Gloss: /\RIVER/\ /\MY BROTHER/\ IX1 CAN SWIM CL:bank(passive hand) CL:1-across-river(pathline+aah).

English equivalent: My brother can swim across the river.

Assertion (nodding) for CAN; mouthing "aah" for the pathline which indicates a long (or slow thus long) swim. The pathline has a shaking movement which indicates a long or slow and long path.

Printable ASL for SWIMMING
ASL written for SWIMMING

Written ASL digit for "SWIM/SWIMMING" contributed by Jolanta in the ASLwrite community, 2018.

Deaf History

Deaf swimmer, news clip
Newspaper clipping, 1987.

A newspaper article (1985) featured a Deaf competitive swimmer (who is the creator of this web app/site).

Wonder how Deaf swimmers and track-and-field athletes hear a STARTING GUN?