I read on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/02/swimming-caps-for-natural-black-hair-ruled-out-of-olympic-games-alice-dearing (mirror):

Aquatic swimming must do better.

I see "aquatic swimming" being used in quite a few other places as well:

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What is the point of specifying aquatic in "aquatic swimming"?

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    To me it seems redundant, nay, superfluous, pleonastic and supernumerary, to say nothing of tautological. Though there are non-aquatic swimming simulations, e.g., totalgymdirect.com/total-gym-blog/… , "swimming" is by nature one of the aquatic sports. Jul 4, 2021 at 2:42
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    It's also redundant
    – gotube
    Jul 4, 2021 at 7:06
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    ...and redundant. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
    – Divizna
    Jul 4, 2021 at 12:29

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There is no the point in specifying aquatic in “aquatic swimming” according to the comment section:

  • While sea water is water and marine swimming is an aquatic activity, I wonder whether a distinction is drawn between aquatic swimming and sea swimming.
    – Peter
    Jul 27, 2021 at 1:17
  • If it is any help Alice Dearing mentioned in the article is an open water swimmer. Perhaps that is what it means as opposed to swimming in a pool.
    – mdewey
    Jul 27, 2021 at 13:38

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