Drowning risk

& wild swimming

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

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

Even with all the hype about the dangers of swimming in the wild, more and more swimmers are taking to open water. Is wild swimming dangerous, or is it safe? Put your knowledge to the test?

 

See if you can answer the following two questions correctly...

 

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

Water Sports - dingy sailing - drowning risk compared to wild swimming
Water Sports - canoeing - drowning risk compared to wild swimming
Water Sports - fishing - drowning risk compared to wild swimming
Country to popular belief, wild swimming has the lowest risk of drowning when compared to all water sports
 

Good try but not the right answer. please cick here and have another go...

Is it worth the risk? Just what are the drowning risks of water sports?
 

That's the right answer!

Interestingley authorities charge anglers for a licence to fish, thus endorcing their activities.

 

Swimmers are often rebuffed supposidley to protect them from drowning?

 

See question 2 below...

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

 

2 Please click the activity you feel carries the lowest risk of drowning.

Water Sports - dingy sailing - drowning risk compared to wild swimming
Water Sports - canoeing - drowning risk compared to wild swimming
Water Sports - fishing - drowning risk compared to wild swimming
Country to popular belief, wild swimming has the lowest risk of drowning when compared to all water sports
 

Good try but not the right answer. Please click here and have another go...

 

That's the right answer!

 

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

Take care when swimming see:

Swim Safe for adults and teenagers

Child Safe for parents and children