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Would you go swimming in a lake, river or quarry?


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#1 Saint Billinge

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:55 PM

Breaking news says another person is missing in a lake in the Lake District, with another one rescued. With the current heatwave continuing, it seems some people don't heed the warnings. Do you ever chance it to cool off?


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#2 Griff9of13

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:04 PM

I have swam in Windermere may years ago. Boy it was cold. Wouldn't do it now though, turned nesh in my old age.


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#3 Shadow

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:34 PM

Swim in Lonely Water?

Are you mad?


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#4 Mumby Magic

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:55 PM

It surprises me that when people want to cool off they don't use their shower or bath at home?

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#5 Saint Billinge

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:59 PM

It seems a body has been recovered in the lake near Keswick. 


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#6 Ullman

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:00 PM

Done all three, as well as the North Sea many times and Princes Dock in Hull city centre many years ago on a warm summer's evening.


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#7 Bostik Bailey

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:47 PM

on a warm summer's evening.


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#8 Old Frightful

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:49 PM

Done all three, as well as the North Sea many times and Princes Dock in Hull city centre many years ago on a warm summer's evening.

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#9 Johnoco

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:01 PM

We used to dive in the locks on the canal years ago. Never mind drowning, I'm amazed we never hit an old pram or something.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:30 PM

We used to dive in the locks on the canal years ago. Never mind drowning, I'm amazed we never hit an old pram or something.

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#11 longboard

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:36 PM

Yes, I would and have, although I'd avoid quarries these days. Unsurprisingly, knowing what you are doing helps, as does being a regular swimmer, understanding thermoclines and realising how cold the water can be not far below the surface.



#12 Johnoco

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:13 PM

If you swim in canals be aware of Weils disease

I certainly wouldn't dream of it now and it was only the ignorance of youth that drove it (plus not having the cash for the swimming baths, council estate types you see)

#13 Northern Sol

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:19 PM

If you are a decent swimmer then I can't see the problem. There is no tide in a quarry or lake. Have swam in Ullswater as a kid.



#14 GeordieSaint

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

Unsurprisingly, knowing what you are doing helps, as does being a regular swimmer, understanding thermoclines and realising how cold the water can be not far below the surface.

 

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#15 Ullman

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:16 PM

I knew there was summat fishy about you.

Speaking of which, our kid wasn't too happy. He was trying to catch some at the time.


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#16 Trojan

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

There are many quarries where I live.  When I was a kid, one in particular had a pool at the bottom which we used to swim in.  We made a raft of old oil drums and pallets.  We called the pond the "blue lagoon" because it was blue. God knows what was in it to turn it blue, but we never came to any harm. 


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#17 longboard

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:55 PM

The people who get in to difficulty are usually unused to swimming in cold water, even if they are decent swimmers. The shock of the cold and hyperventilation causes some people to panic with predictable results.

 

There are currents in lakes, as well as in rivers and canals. The most sensible way to swim in a lake, if you are unused to cold water, is to swim close to the lakeside where it is warmer in the shallower water, rather than out towards the middle. Go a few feet down in a lake even in a long, hot summer and it is very cold. Another tip is to enter the water slowly, so the body can adjust to the cold.

 

Keep swimming.



#18 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:25 PM

'Wild' swimming has become more popular recently, with books and even programmes on the BBC about it.  Not sure its quite the same as tomb stoning into a res mind you!


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#19 Johnoco

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:00 PM

Swim in Lonely Water?
Are you mad?


Cor, look, there's somefink in the water.

#20 MikeW

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:58 PM

There are many quarries where I live.  When I was a kid, one in particular had a pool at the bottom which we used to swim in.  We made a raft of old oil drums and pallets.  We called the pond the "blue lagoon" because it was blue. God knows what was in it to turn it blue, but we never came to any harm. 

Not this one I hope:

 

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