From Openwaterpedianoun - Upsala Simsällskap, the world's oldest swimming club. The club was founded in Uppsala, Sweden in 1796 in order to provide elementary swimming instruction. It began offering competitive swimming in 1910 and remains a successful swimming club in Sweden.
The society was founded by the mathematician and astronomer Jöns Svanberg (1771–1851) together with some colleagues at the university as a way to remedy the general lack of swimming skills. The same year the society was founded, Svanberg arranged a mock "graduation ceremony" (simpromotion) modeled after the academic ceremony, where he and some of his colleagues awarded themselves a master's degree (magister) and their pupils were awarded a bachelor's degree (kandidat) in swimming.