How do you create a waterfall elevator?

In Minecraft Alpha Single Player Survival, what are the specifications to create a waterfall elevator to go from the bottom of a long mine shaft to the surface?

Answer

If I understand the theory, here’s how you do it.

≋≋≋≋≋█ ← remove this           - ground level
██████   when ready
     █   
     █   
     █  
 ................................................... 
     █   
     █   
     █   
     █       █                 - mine level
      ███████

Remove the marked block and this happens:

≋≋≋≋≋≋~                        - ground level
██████≋              
     █≋  
     █≋  
     █≋ 
 ................................................... 
     █≋  
     █≋  
     █≋  
     █≋~~~~~~█                 - mine level
      ███████

To move up and down, swim up and down the column of water; move slightly out to breathe then continue your ascension.


A boat makes this faster as Strix explains and this video demostrates. However, you must allow further space down to avoid crashing on the bottom:

 ................................................... 
     █≋  
     █≋  
     █≋  
     █≋≋≋≋≋≋≋█                 - mine level
     █≋≋≋≋≋≋█
     █≋≋≋≋≋█                   - extra space to break the fall
      █████

This video shows, however, that you can also climb a boat elevator by simply swimming.

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