Attitudes towards river and lake swimming in the UK have changed considerably in past decades. In 1908 the book; “Scouting for Boys” by Robert Baden-Powell included some straightforward advice – “A moderate swimmer can save the life of a drowning man if he knows how, and has practiced a few times with his friends.” The British were then proud of their swimmers, but as times changed and swimmers were moved indoors the Nation became more and more suspicious of outdoor swimming.
The Guardian reports: “Two men have died after getting into difficulty while [wild] swimming near a 100ft waterfall in Snowdonia. The men, aged 33 and 21, were found after emergency services were called to the scene near the Snowdon Mountain Railway, …Another two men, aged 27 and 25, were taken to hospital and received treatment before being released.” “…The water beneath the waterfall carries thermal pockets of extremely cold temperatures because it very rarely receives sunl
I have just returned from two fabulous weeks of sunshine and swimming in Tenerife. I was so busy enjoying myself that I had no time to report on three significant news items that came up while i was away and so I have grouped them together here. Firstly the long anticipated release of: Downstream: A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames by Caitlin Davies. The .independent reports: “Caitlin Davies… charts 400 years of bathing in the river – following the 215-mil
Swimming teacher Jean Pendrich (pictured left) was on holiday in Puerto Rico – an island near the Dominican Republic when she realised that a 13-year old boy was in trouble in the water. According to Local London she was lying on the beach when her husband Stuart spotted two people 50 metres out to sea, drifting close to the rocks. Realising the two American holidaymakers Derek Becker and his father – were in trouble, two lifeguards rushed to the shore and started blowing whi