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Cold water swimming - John C. Kirk

Oct. 31st, 2010

01:25 am - Cold water swimming

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From:stagknight
Date:October 31st, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
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And then, suddenly, pneumonia.
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From:johnckirk
Date:October 31st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully not :) I don't know much about pneumonia, but I think it's something you catch (bacteria/virus) rather than something that develops spontaneously in the cold. More generally, the first time I went to Tooting Bec Lido was for an SJA duty - I was crewing the ambulance for the cold water swimming championships in Jan 2009. Our presence does indicate that there are risks attached to cold water swimming, but there are also lots of people who swim safely in cold water. I think the important thing is to know your own limits, although this may involve a certain amount of trial and error.
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