Escaping the heat on the River Frome at one of Britain’s last remaining river swimming clubs.
There are more than 1,900 EU designated inland bathing waters in Germany, more than 1,300 in France, yet just 12 in the UK.
Why is it that in England the outdoor swimmer has been hung out to dry? How can it be that despite banning swimming in rivers and lakes we still seem to experience roughly the same rate of drowning as the rest of Europe.
Perhaps banning swimming in relatively safe and popular swimming locations pushes swimmers out of sight and into danger. Cold water swimming and education can on the other hand save lives. More…