Australian Crawl?

No, the title of this article has nothing to do with swimming or the rock band of the same name. It is just the phrase that rose up from my subconscious when I saw this swing technique at Fairmount Park in Riverside, California. I hadn’t seen swings used in this manner before.

The swings of this type that I used when I was a child all had hard wooden seats. I suspect that the soft seats now used at playgrounds were critical for the development of this style of swinging. It is a matter of comfort. No one wants to lay face down on his stomach with a hard board supporting his weight, regardless of what that weight might be…