Swimhiking has been around for a long time. The Assyrians used swimsacs to cross rivers in their miliitary campaigns. The Samurai wrapped clothes around their head when they swam. Even Gulliver used an improved swimsac of a sort when escaping Lilliput.

Assyrian swimhikers cross the Euphrates

Swimhiking Through the Ages

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Horse swimhiking across a lake with a samurai on its back

Transporting objects over a river in a sixteenth century tratise on swimming

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