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The New – Can I swim here? app…

Stuff.co.nz reports: Swimmers in New Zealand are now able to check online or via a new app to see if the beach or river they want to visit has clean swimming water.


Regular testing at times when swimmers most often frequent bathing places, make this real-time information invaluable, setting a new standard of transparency for swimmers living in or visiting the country. More…



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Shark! Don’t Panic!!!

Shark scientist Riley Elliott tells us in the New Zealand Herold:  ‘There are three “golden rules” in the water that people can follow if they want to stay safe.

Firstly, eye contact with the shark will let it know it’s been spotted and foil any chance of a surprise attack – their natural feeding strategy.

Because this can’t be done in murky water, swimming in clear water is rule number two.

Thirdly, being relaxed and calm in your movements is important because sharks can pick up on the body’s electrical signals.

When you are surfing or ocean swimming, you are actively breaking all of these rules in the worst possible ways. No visibility, no eyesight and high heart rates.” ’

Find out more by reading the full article.

Discover how our association with the seaside evolved from a fear of sea water into a national obsession, by reading chapter three of Hung Out to Dry Swimming and British Culture: Sex, Sea and Swimming Trunks…



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Wild Swimming New Zealand

Discover where to go wild swimming in New Zealand with this new interactive wild swimming map

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Injected Oxygen Foam Saves Lives


We all need to breathe as swimmers are especially aware. Underwater swimmers can train themselves to disregard the urgent desire to oxygenate their blood and stay underwater for several minutes at a time.
See the Human Planet Video.
The New Zealand freediver David Mullins set a world record by swimming 218m underwater without taking a breath.
In the end we all have to come up for air, but a new innovation: “oxygen foam” developed by Dr. John Kheir, a researcher and emergency room physician at Children’s Hospital Boston could prolong the body’s ability to withstand non-working lungs by delivering oxygen straight into the blood.
This syringe carries life-saving particles of oxygen gas, injected through an intravenous line. It looks white and flows like water.
This new treatment could well have applications outside the operating theater. It could be used for emergency oxygenation at swimming pools and possibly enable swimmers to stay underwater for a very long time.

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A report from The New Zealand Herold into water quality for New Zealand’s monitored recreational sites on rivers, shows that 52% are unsafe for swimming.

The results showed water quality was poor or very poor at 52 per cent of monitored river sites. A further 28 per cent were graded “fair” – with a risk of illness for those swimming there and only 20 per cent of monitored river recreation sites were graded good or very good.

The report canvassed sampling from 210 freshwater beaches, including lakeside areas, and 248 coastal beaches used for recreation that had been assigned grades based on monitoring data acquired over five summers.

Coastal beaches and freshwater beaches at lakes were found to be much cleaner than river sites.

Eugenie Sage said the results fell far short of what Kiwis should expect. “It shows what a fake marketing image 100 per cent pure is, and we need to take action to make that image real,” she said. “We need strong rules and water quality standards to clean up our rivers and prevent fecal contamination from agricultural intensification.” Environment Minister Amy Adams said our water quality was good by international standards and most popular sites were fine for swimming. But she didn’t see that as good enough, saying: “My preference will always be for all our sites to be safe for swimming.” As the summer begins, Kiwis may have to travel some distance to enjoy safe water this summer.

In the UK we do not have this problem. Over the last 100 years nearly all or our river and lake swimming opportunities have been closed down. Even the picture for this article would raise suspicion  as the risk averse British see jumping in as too dangerous.

Read how the British swimmer came to be hung out to dry.

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