Who swims in lakes and rivers?

  • ytOwen

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    Jun 17, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    Who swims in lakes and rivers?

    I do!

    I'm living in Northern Canada, so it's a risky activity (hyperthermia all the time - undertows in most rivers). Our summer here lasts from early June to late August. The latest I've dipped into a lake is early October. But I love the feeling of fresh water, and miss it when I swim in a chlorinated pool.


    U?
  • ytOwen

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    Jun 17, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    God! What happened to the design of this posting?
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    Jun 17, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    I did as a child, but moved to the beach and haven't looked back.

    Now I'm so spoiled that I don't even like swimming pools unless it's a pool party. icon_lol.gif
  • Just_Tim

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    Jun 17, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    I do! We're surrounded by lakes where I live, and even have a river running through town. I've been to them all and probably prefer it to the local swimming pools... Fun times...
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    Jun 17, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI did as a child, but moved to the beach and haven't looked back.

    Now I'm so spoiled that I don't even like swimming pools unless it's a pool party. icon_lol.gif


    I swam in the sea when I lived on New Zealand's South Island when I was 8.
    Beautiful! Amazing!
    I remember fishing for shells.
  • ytOwen

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    Jun 17, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI did as a child, but moved to the beach and haven't looked back.

    Now I'm so spoiled that I don't even like swimming pools unless it's a pool party. icon_lol.gif


    I swam in the sea when I lived on New Zealand's South Island when I was 8.
    Beautiful! Amazing!
    I remember fishing for shells.
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    Jun 17, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    I wade into rivers and catch salmon by smacking them out of the water with my bare hands, while fending off bears.

    My normal routine is, slap a salmon, punch a bear, slap a salmon, kick a bear...
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI grew up swimming and skiing in many a lake! Somehow I've never been in a river yet...icon_eek.gif
    I guess I need to get out more!
    Follow your GPS signals without question or thinking. It'll eventually have you turn into a river.
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    I've never swam in anything that wasn't chlorinated. That big U in the opening post is pretty aggressive.
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    NOPE!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    xrichx saidNOPE!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html


    yeah, this shit really scares me. I know it's not everywhere, but just knowing the risk makes me way too paranoid.
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    xrichx saidNOPE!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html
    If three deaths are enough to scare you out of lakes and rivers, maybe you should research death rates in more common activities (such as driving, walking across the street, etc.) icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    xrichx saidNOPE!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html


    Wow - that's pretty messed up. I grew up in Michigan. Lakes and rivers there are part of the summer ritual, swimming, skiing, wave runners.. good times.
  • CincyBOJ

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    Jun 17, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    not so much swim in them, but I am going to be floating down a creek in an inner-tube later this month. The main thing that weirds me out about bodies of water is the possibility of stepping on creatures that may bite or sting. Water shoes should take care of that.
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    It's best done naked. When I was in Maine I was into the glacial lakes that would warm up a lot more than the ocean water. When I hit the NC mountains I like to hike to waterfalls that fall into a large plunge pool and skinny dip there.
  • Karl

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    Jun 17, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    when I was 13 , I went swimming in a river near my school...
    one of my friend was drowned.
    I never gone swimming at river again since that time.
  • FRE0

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    Jun 17, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    I did when I lived in Minneapolis. I swam across the Mississippi River (nude) and back several times, across Cedar Lake and back several times, and completely around Twin Lake in Golden Valley.
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    Karl saidwhen I was 13 , I went swimming in a river near my school...
    one of my friend was drowned.
    I never gone swimming at river again since that time.
    That had to be horrible. *hugs* icon_sad.gif
  • FRE0

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    Jun 17, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    When I was 16, a neighborhood friend died in a one-car accident. I still drive.
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    Jun 17, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Me! I grew up in the UP and swam in (fucking cold) lakes and rivers all the time as a kid.
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    Jun 17, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    I swam the Hudson in along the palisades in NJ (Alpine?) I don't think you're really supposed to, considering it's still NYC zone, but it looked pretty.

    I do prefer rivers and makes over oceans tho. I really dislike the combination of salt water and sand. I stay on the boardwalk lol. Saratoga Springs NY in summer time is everything.
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    Jun 17, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    xrichx saidNOPE!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html
    If three deaths are enough to scare you out of lakes and rivers, maybe you should research death rates in more common activities (such as driving, walking across the street, etc.) icon_wink.gif


    Seriously. Wading into an RJ thread can be more dangerous.

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    Jun 17, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    theantijock said
    paulflexes said
    xrichx saidNOPE!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/17/amoeba.kids.deaths/index.html
    If three deaths are enough to scare you out of lakes and rivers, maybe you should research death rates in more common activities (such as driving, walking across the street, etc.) icon_wink.gif


    Seriously. Wading into an RJ thread can be more dangerous.

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    I LOL'd. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 17, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    Lake Eufuala mostly. And a few rivers close by in Florida, like the Chipola.

    Now ponds? Yeah...I've been in my fair share of ponds...god could only guess what would possess kids like me to do that....but whatever.
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    Jun 17, 2012 3:45 AM GMT
    Hey Owen!

    Lakes - yes - leeches won't kill you but who know what industrial shit is in them now.
    Rivers - yes - you've got to know what you're doing
    Ponds - yes - mind the frogs and snakes
    Oceans - yes - only stepped on jellies and stingrays
    Pools - yes - and the things I've seen floating near the bottom - yuk
    Potholes - yes - fun for diving

    Best river swim: North Saskatchewan running through Saskatoon -- white sandy shoals and REALLY fast water that you can swim against the current and get a great workout - naked.

    Swam in lakes all over Ontario, and swim and race in one here in BC

    Try this one: you can swim with the salmon that are returning to spawn in the Campbell River on the island here -- shore to shore thick with beautiful big fish.