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After enjoying the wonderful facilities open to outdoor swimmers around the world, swimmers here in the UK can’t help but feel disgruntled that their liberty to swim in rivers and lakes has for many years been denied, and especially so with the scorching weather we have just been enjoying this week.

We want to go dipping but the sign says NO SWIMMING!

The good news is that things are changing. The impossible is being achieved, albeit very slowly.

The problem lies in the fact that  authorities, keen to restrict swimming in open water (for reasons  long forgotten) have truly convinced themselves that wild swimming is just too risky. Its rather like Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, in that it takes a child to point out the obvious: “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The fact is plain to see, if swimming is OK throughout  Europe, how can it be more dangerous here?

This is not to say that its an easy thing for authorities to release their strangle hold on the swimmers freedom. If something goes wrong public opinion will want to point the finger of blame.

The good news comes from the Outdoor Swimming Society in the form of the: Inland Access Guide.

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Download a copy and its message of hope will prove better reading than the Sunday papers!

 

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The Independent reports: A 16-year-old girl who found a solid gold bar while swimming in an Alpine lake will be allowed to keep it after an owner failed to come forward.

The German teenager, from Essen, was on holiday in the picturesque town of Schönau am Königsee when she made the discovery in August.

She saw the 500g (17.6-ounce) ingot around six feet below the water’s surface in August and handed it in to police.

But six months on, no genuine owner has come forward to claim the bar, believed to be worth around €16,000 (12,500), meaning its finder gets to keep it.

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Swim Vortex Reports: “Organisers of one of Britain’s leading Open Water swimming events, The Henley Classic, have poured cold water on Sport England statistics that show the sport in decline when it comes to participation.”

Swimming “has possibly never been in better shape”

“There is a massive wave of momentum building up in the open water swimming world, which gets no mention in Sport England’s latest proclamations on participant numbers. Their focus would appear to be on pool swimming alone, which ignores the hordes of swimmers taking to our lakes, rivers and seas.”

“Swimming is also more popular in summer, the latest statistics discounting numbers visiting lidos as well as open water participation.”

“Laming added: “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to start including open water swimmers in these numbers. It’s now becoming very normal to see 200 to 300 swimmers take to organised lake venues and enjoy the freedom of swimming outdoors in a safe and exciting new way. Modern wetsuits and proper venue infrastructure are feeding the huge rise in numbers we are witnessing up and down the whole of the UK.”

“Laming urged Sport England to step up in its data collection: “It’s relatively easy to gather event entry data to be included in this debate, but it would appear that lake and river swimmers are being missed-off completely.” More…

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Wild Swimming in Austria

Summer fun in Austria, worlds apart from the UK.

To enjoy freedom like this youngsters need education and safe places to swim outdoors.

Discover just what we have lost… The 1912 A S A list of Baths and Bathing Places

 

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