We have compiled this links page to further demonstrate just how out of touch with the rest of the world are those who oppose bathing in natural water in the UK. The sites below were chosen from many to cover the range of issues regularly associated in the UK with bathing in inland water - cold water, river currents, lack of supervision etc. Most of these sites are from the USA - the birthplace of the 'Blame and Claim Culture'. However, somewhat surprisingly, we even found few UK sites which confirms that common sense and a balanced attitude to water safety does prevail in some parts of the country.

'Swimming is permitted at Sand Beach (saltwater) and Echo Lake freshwater)
Ocean temperatures average an invigorating 55F to 60F.'

Acadia National Park, USA
        Lifeguards on duty during the summer

Swim at own risk in urban park :
' also contains an enormous number of lakes, most of which are warm and wonderful swimming destinations. A word or two on safety: No lifeguards on duty '

Okanagan Valley, CANADA
    Swim at own risk
Swiming in urban park :
' Originally the park's lakes served as the city's water supply. The lakes were also a source of ice in the winter months. Today these lakes serve as a popular fresh water swimming area.'

Saint John Rockwood Park, CANADA
    Swim at own risk if you wish
' Activities for Kids - Go Swimming - Glacier's Lake McDonald or Waterton's Emerald Bay are great places to swim on a hot, sunny day. Swimming (under parental supervision), rock skipping and exploring are never-ending children's pastimes along these shores '

Glacier National Park, USA
    Unlikely to be constantly suprvised
' The Hammerman Area offers 1,500 feet of beach and swimming area on the banks of the Gunpowder River. The swimming area is supervised by lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Swimming is permitted at your own risk when lifeguards are not on duty '

Gunpowder Falls State Park, USA
    Swim at own risk when lifeguards off duty

' Water enthusiasts can make use of the park's two sandy beaches, which are open to the public year- round '

Lake of the Ozarks State Park, USA
    Unlikely to be constantly suprvised

' Swimming is permitted in all the streams in Shenandoah. Swim at your own risk. '

Shenandoah National Park, USA
    Swim anywhere at own risk

' Swimming - A sand beach, with a restroom and changehouse facility, is located at the north end of the park. The beach area is not supervised by a lifeguard and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. '

Stockton State Park, USA
    Swim at own risk
River Swimming Hole near Vancouver officialy advertised by the Park and Recreation authority : ' Sandy Swimming Hole is located at upper end of lower Washougal River Greenway. Facilities include restroom, picnic tables, swim beach, boat launch, and parking '.

Sandy Swimming Hole, USA
    Unlikely to be constantly supervised
River Swimming in an urban park :' The park has shaded, grassy areas, sports fields, a roped-off river swimming beach, a boat launch and walking access to the Horan Natural Area. Situated at the edge of town, the park has two personalities. The North Confluence is urban and recreational '

Wenatchee Confluence State Park, USA
    Unlikely to be constantly supervised
Lake swimming officialy advertised by a National Park authority : ' Swimming - There are three sites - Fellfoot, Millerground and Lakeside - that are designated bathing waters under the Bathing Water Directive. These sites are regularly monitored for amenity and public health reasons. Please supervise children at all times as the deeper waters of Windermere are very cold. '
Windermere, UK
    [Page displayed in 2005 - now sadly replaced by a safety warning]
And down to earth safety precautions for summer swimmers and visitors to Connecticut State beaches issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection:
  • Only swim in designated areas. Do not swim where swimming is not allowed.
  • Try, whenever possible, to swim where a lifeguard is present.
  • Never swim alone; always use the "buddy system".
  • If someone is noticed missing or lost, bring it to the attention of someone (preferably park staff ) as soon as possible. Reporting a person missing as soon as possible increases the chances of them being located unharmed.
  • When adults bring children to any swimming area, make certain to keep their eyes on them at all times and accompany them when they are swimming. In many cases the swimming area is very populated. If a group of children is brought, a "head count" every 10 - 15 minutes can be very beneficial.
  • Know your own swimming ability as well as those in a group. If there are any non-swimmers do not allow these individuals into the water past their waist.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Know the depth of the water, direction of current, strength of current, objects in the water.
  • Alcohol should never be consumed by anyone who is planning to swim.
  • Always obey the lifeguards; they are there for your safety.
  • State Lifeguards are on duty from 10:00am until 6:00pm.