"Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won't drown"

These famous words taken from Arthur Ransomes' Swallows and Amazons fit well with our question here: Just how safe is wild swimming?

With all the hype about the dangers of wild swimming, why not put your knowledge to the test? See if you can answer the following three questions correctly...

 

 

Please click which of the following fun activities you feel carries the highest risk of drowning.

Sailing and the risk of drowning 

Outdoor swimming

Sailing 

Canoeing or rowing

Angling 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angling carries the highest risk of drowning when compared with other water sports  

 

Correct! Please click here to go to the next question

 

For an analysis of drowning risk please see the recent Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents report: Assessing Inland Accidental Drowning Risk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Please click which of the following you think has the lowest risk of drowning?

Rowing and the risk of drowning 

 

Outdoor swimming

Sailing 

Canoeing or rowing

Angling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild swimming carries the lowest risk of drowning compared to other water-sports 

Correct! Please click here to go to the next question 

For an analysis of drowning risk please see the recent Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents report: Assessing Inland Accidental Drowning Risk

Take care when swimming see:

Swim Smart for Adults and Teenagers

Swim Safe for Children 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please click which group run the highest risk of catching the dreaded Weil's disease.

Wild swimming and Weil's disease 

 

Canoeists

Sailors 

River and lake swimmers 

Those not involved in water-sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Correct Well done 

The general population are at greater risk of Weil's disease than those involved in water-sports 

 

Now I know what your thinking - that can't be right!

Check out the answers for yourself see:
 

Hung Out to Dry Swimming and British Culture page 106-7 regarding Weil's disease and the research of Dr Robin Philip an epidemiologist at the University of Bristol. The answer is based on his findings published in December 1991: Health Hazards Associated with the Recreational Use of Water.

 

Perhaps the no swimming signs dotted all over the country give us a false impression.

No Swimming in Leicester 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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