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Sea Safety

By at July 4, 2012 | 12:25 pm | 10 Comments

rip_poster

Escaping a rip is straightforward if you are a strong swimmer and remain calm. People drown from panic, followed by exhaustion, so never fight against the current. Keep an eye on a shore landmark to establish whether you are in a rip. If so, stand or wade if possible. If not, swim out of it at 90 degrees parallel to the beach for about 20m. Once out of the rip, head back

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Quick Guide: Water Quality

By at April 4, 2012 | 9:51 am | 1 Comments

1) Identify the postcode of the area of the river where you would like to swim. (You can generate a postcode from an Ordnance Survey grid reference or long lat reference at Nearby.org.uk, or from a street address at Royal Mail. You can find the long lat reference from a location on Google Maps by right clicking and then chosing 'get directions from here'. The two 8

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Wild Swimming Safety (Freshwater)

By at April 3, 2012 | 2:09 pm | 25 Comments

Waterfall and Pool

Non-swimmers - Shallow water can deepen suddenly. If you, your children or your friends cannot swim make sure you scout out the extent of the shallows, set clear boundaries and keep constant supervision. Remember that even shallow sections of fast-flowing water can knock you off your feet. Be careful with inflatables, which can create a false sense of security and float

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Health Benefits

By at April 2, 2012 | 9:21 pm | 0 Comment

Skinny Dipping

From a secular perspective the health and psychological benefits of dipping in natural waters were also long known. George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale were all advocates of regular cold baths to strengthen the mental constitution and physical state. Cold immersion soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune

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