The NHS has released a set of guidelines highlighting the health hazards faced by the growing number of open water swimmers. At the top of the list: jellyfish stings, followed by shark attacks and sewage in the sea. Sensible advice is included from the River and Lake Swimming Association which states:
Only swim in rivers and lakes if you’re a good swimmer.
Don’t jump or dive in.
If in doubt, don’t go in water that’s too deep to stand up in.
Don’t swim after drinking alcohol or eating a heavy meal.
Never swim alone, in case you need help.
Advice is given on how to find clean beaches and fresh water areas and the slight risk of other diseases. The information page fails to not mention the health risks faced by swimmers using man-made pools and conspicuous by its absence; the risk of drowning is omitted altogether. More…
For advice on teaching children about open water safety please visit: SWIM SAFE